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Mobile Art and Photography That Has Influenced Me – Interview with Rita Colantonio from Massachusetts, United States


We are delighted to bring you the nineteenth in our brand new Mobile Art and Photography that has Influenced Me series of interviews at TheAppWhisperer. Within this series, we contact well established and highly regarded mobile photographers and artists and ask them a sequence of questions. Each one relates to mobile art and photography that has inveigled and continues to impact them, by other mobile artists throughout the world. Our nineteenth interview is with Rita Colantonio from Massachusetts, United States, enjoy!

In this interview, Colantonio cites work by: Catherine Caddigan, Cargan Brown, Saul Landell, Marc Chagall, Anca Balaj, Maggie Taylor, Lorenka Campos, Oola Cristina, Alexis Rotella, and Julie Denning.

To read others in this series please go here.

(foreword by Joanne Carter)


The Image That Is Currently In The Forefront Of My Mind

I love the complexity and  and expert layering of textures in this piece by Catherine Schell Caddigan (@catherinecaddigan). The  intimate viewpoint draws me in to her eyes and her soul. It has an immediacy, speaks to me of a story somewhere, in your face, look at me!

©Catherine Caddigan

The Image That Changed My Mind

This image by Cargan Brown (@carganbrown) prompted me to reconsider my photography goals. I began to look at different ways of image making. I put down my DSLR and purchased an iPad! I wanted to become a digital artist!

©Cargan Brown

The Image I Wish I Had Created

This image by Saul Landell (@saul_landell) is provoking something in my subconscious that is indescribable. The surrealistic qualities, uneasy presence and sacredness give it power. It transcends any reality I am aware of, a glimpse of a world known only to him.

©Saul Landell

Artwork That Has Influenced My Art

Any work by Marc Chagall, Matisse or Cezanne have influenced my art for many years. I particularly like the whimsical quality of this painting by Chagall. I have recently begun to incorporate his style of composition in my work.

Paris Through the Window, 1913 ©Marc Chagall

The Image That Is The Most Underrated

I recently discovered this image on Instagram looking through Anca Balaj’s (@anca.balaj) gallery. I am entranced by her minimalist surrealistic interpretations that have a childlike quality to them. I’m glad I saw this, as it will inspire me for sure.

©Anca Balaj

The Image That Changed My Mind

I regarded Maggie Taylor’s ( images as an open door for me to experiment with unexpected elements, spatial planes, vintage photographs and beautiful textures. I could look at her images for hours. She creates a magical place for me to wander and she has absolutely influenced my art.

©Maggie Taylor

The Most Recent Image That Made Me Smile

I love all of Oola Cristina’s (@oolacristina) images, from her soft, pure botanicals to her playful, surrealistic whimsical images. I especially like her storylike concoctions; they always make me smile!

©Oola Cristina

The Most Recent Image That Me Sad

I don’t know how recent this image by Lorenka Campos is but I have just discovered it. I love her art. This image is almost too difficult to take in. It speaks of utter loneliness, but also of inner strength. There is a strong spiritual quality here.

©Lorenka Campos

My Comfort Images

The beautiful art by Alexis Rotella (@tankaqueen) is pure eye candy for me. I get lost in her brushstrokes and inventive use of textures. Her use of soft and muted color is so intriguing and she is a master of composition and layering! Truly inspiring!

©Alexis Rotella

The Image I Would Most Like To Give As A Gift

Many or Julie Denning’s (@hedgehogstudio) beautiful art would qualify as a gift for someone  or even myself! They are infused with gentleness, love, emotion and subtle loveliness. I love her use of texture and folk art ambiance. I would definitely send this one to someone I care for.

©Julie Denning

Contact Details for Rita Colantonio

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