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Artist Tony D'Amico Prefers Plein Air

Tony D'Amico, for 25 years, focused his discerning eye on creating corporate clients' illustrations and ads, winning many awards along the way. Now his gaze is fixed on exquisite landscapes and serene natural settings in Connecticut and elsewhere. Usually, he visits these oases to paint them "en plein air," or outdoors. As he puts it, "One has to capture the essence of a particular scene in a couple of hours as the light of day changes so quickly." Some of Tony D'Amico's striking representational oil paintings are now on view at Darien's Geary Gallery.Tony's drawing dates to his childhood, though he admits it wasn't necessarily appreciated. "I often got into trouble in school because I was always drawing pictures in my classes — not art class." Later, as a commercial artist-illustrator, his energies were primarily consumed by the needs of his clients, a list that included some of the biggest and most demanding corporations, including American Home Products, Playtex and the Pepsi-Cola Co.

More work followed when he opened his own Southport design firm, Creative Alliance. Though professionally he was thriving, there was little time for his personal art. "I ended up in the creative business but did not actively paint, however, until I took a class with David Dunlop at Silvermine in 2000. Although I could not paint as much as I wanted to at that time due to the demands of running a business, his teachings inspired me to pursue painting as a full-time career."

That opportunity was realized a few years later when he sold his business to the Publicis Group, an international advertising and media services conglomerate. Since then, he has studied with Scott Waddell, Gabor Svagrik and Chris Magadini and been recognized in many juried shows and exhibits, including the Rowayton Arts Center's Show and the Madison Art Society's Exhibit. Though he sometimes finishes his works in his studio, being outside with his subject is essential to capturing its real feel, he says. And there's the natural light.

"It is very important for any landscape artist to paint outside as the values are much more true than in photographs," he says. Drop in at Geary Gallery to see how Tony D'Amico captures and re-creates some alluring, natural landscapes. To view more of his work visit Tony's website or Geary Gallery's website.

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