"Saphire Bird" by Debbie Tarsitano
Portraits in Glass, by Debbie Tarsitano
Homer Babbidge Library Gallery on the Plaza
Curator: Chris McNevins
As a child growing up outside of New
York City in the 1960s and ‘70s,
Debbie Tarsitano remembers creating art
as soon as she could hold a pencil. By high
school, she had developed a love for
portraiture, drawing and oil painting. And
in 1976, she graduated from Hofstra
University with a BFA in painting.
While still in college, Tarsitano joined her
father in collecting art glass as a hobby.
Soon, that fascination led them to build a
glass studio in the family garage. After trial
and error, using torches, colored glass and
optical crystal, she succeeded in translating
her design ideas into glass art.
After the millennium Tarsitano
embarked on a new path, experimenting
with hot glass sculpture that
incorporated contemporary themes
and portraits in glass. She began to
focus on reinventing the portrait using
colored glass rods and powders. She
then took the further step of including
small glass sculptures as design
elements in oil paintings on canvas.
The result is a new mixed media
“My work must remain deeply
personal to be real as it continuously
evolves,” says Tarsitano. “After thirty-five years I feel there is still much
to explore, transitioning portraits into glass.”
Tarsitano lives and works in Westford, Massachusetts. For more
information, visit her website at www.debbietarsitano.com.
View here the exhibit on YouTube!