Trudy Dempsey - Portrait Artist
Mariano began his passion for the arts at the tender age of five. His mother purchased him a water colour set that allowed him an exploration of colours with a brush. Mariano has only improved over the years with practice and study.
Mariano was born in Argentina and moved to Windsor at an early age. He had his first art showing at the Cleary Auditorium of a water-colour painting chosen to represent his grade school at the age of six.
A trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts at age ten inspired Mariano even more as he wanted to emulate the fine masters that adored the walls, particularly Diego Rivera’s massive composition of murals. At that time Mariano practiced rendering in oil pastel, tempera, acrylic, charcoal, ink, conte’ and graphite. In his early teens Mariano began learning how to work with oil paint and studied the ways of the old masters. Building his own canvas’s with cotton, linen or wood panel which he continues today. Mariano developed his oil practice - learning about composition, permanence, pigments & colour, mediums and their chemistry characteristics.
Mariano had another successful show at the age of seventeen in Windsor & London, selling most of his paintings to patrons or giving others to friends. Mariano went on to study Architecture at St. Clair College. There he acquired an appreciation for detail & draftsmanship which he applies to his art.
Mariano as a young adult suspended his art pursuits to focus on a marriage relationship along with rearing three sons all the while having a career as a laboratory technician at Ford and later a teacher of health & safety and industry & labour history. He retired after 35 years at work. He also recently retired from a 29 year successful involvement as a leader in politics and former candidate. Mariano has travelled and spoken with and met many individuals from every walk of life across this country. These life experiences allow Mariano to view his art with the empathy of the character of others in his portrait compositions. Mariano over the years has acquired woodworking, finished carpentry and cabinet making skills. He has also built museum quality historic wooden ship models.
Recently Mariano has taken the calling to pursue his artistic painter career seriously. He is honing his skills studying and practicing – daily; colour pigment mixing, making oil mediums and gesso emulsions from raw materials while practicing oil glazing and scumbling techniques that enhance the colour and composition. Mariano is focusing on portraiture, land & sea scapes and action illustrations. He believes that the patron needs to connect to the art by telling a narrative with a complete composition. Mariano’s paintings express his understanding and the depth of experience that the artist in him is conveying to his audience. “Art is in all of us, immerse yourself in the expression and experience, that is the canvas of life”.