Digital Art by Rosaria Perna



Adobe Photoshop has been added to my palette of mixed media. Like an alchemist, I use light and color and pixels to blend my photographs, paintings and pencil sketches into digital art. The combination of light and dark, of textures and filters, of forms and natural scanned objects gives me an almost infinite combination of possibilities. What I try to achieve in my work, both in the digital and traditional media, is to expose to the viewers' senses what is around us but cannot be seen. My hope is to transport others and myself to places beyond our own physical world, a world often plagued by overwhelming difficulties, even possibly to connect with the spiritual realm within and around us. Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman captures the hope that motivates my work. She writes, "Artists help us unlock doors to unseen worlds within and beyond ourselves, sometimes worlds of long ago."

The results of my many hours of work are rarely planned. Often for me there is an element of surprise when I have finally completed a digital painting. Last but not least, there is an Ursuline motto that has always been close to my heart:  SDG, Soli Deo Gloria, "to God alone give glory."  I hope my work does just that.


Rosaria works in a variety of media, including graphite, acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media.  Her current focus is digital art. “My work is about the love of making art. When I start working on a new image I don’t plan ahead. I work intuitively and am often surprised by the final product. Sometimes I say to myself, ‘Did I make that?’ " The final images usually reflect the connection between spirituality, the earth, the universe and God.” Born in Oratino, Italy, then moving to Weston Super Mare, England, Rosaria spent her childhood years in England before moving to the United States in 1968. While participating in New York University's MA program, she lived and worked in Venice, Italy and in New York City. Rosaria completed her MFA degree at Kent State University in Visual Communication Design. She started teaching art at Villa Angela Academy then moved on to Ursuline College, where she is a tenured faculty member and director of the Visual Communication Design program.

All proceeds from the sale of the posters will benefit the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, the religious community of which Sister Rosaria has been a member since 1976.