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Through the years…

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*I recently began to document some of my creative accomplishments. Over the past week, I’ve listed some of my art on Ebay for auction and I wanted collectors to get a sense of the years I’ve spent painting, thinking that perhaps they’d decide that my work has some value. So,  I put together a bibliography which includes both my visual and written art. I didn’t attempt to list every poem, short story, illustration, or piece of cover art which I’ve had published over the years, nor the nonfiction articles and photography. That task would be daunting.

No doubt, I’ve been quiet about some of my accomplishments, never one to be flashy, or boldly proclaim my work as an artist. However, I’ve been around a while, and I guess that I’ve done a lot. And here it is…but not all of it. 🙂

About the artist:
 
Sandy DeLuca ia an American writer and visual artist, born in Providence, Rhode Island. Her paintings are lyrical, colorful and spiritual; moving from the abstract to Pop Surrealism.
 
She penned several chants published in Silver Ravenwolf’s book TO STIR A MAGYCK CAULDRON (pen name Autumn Raindancer).
As an author, she is known for dark and surreal prose; often visceral and shocking. She is best known for her work in the horror genre. However, she has written Noir fiction, fantasy and mainstream fiction as well.
 
She edited and owned a small press magazine entitled GODDESS OF THE BAY from 1998 through 2001, also producing anthologies and collections. In 2003, she operated another publishing company, DECEMBER GIRL, an imprint of DELIRIUM BOOKS. Once again in 2015 she founded MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA, focusing on publishing her out of print fiction and compiling books which reference her extensive career in the visual arts.
 
Although she created visual journals, containing offbeat drawings, since childhood, she began painting in 1985, and had her first solo art show in 1986 at the Community College of Rhode Island, while still a student. Each painting was accompanied by prose written on a card; pieces of the story she told with her paintings. Since then, her paintings have been exhibited widely. In addition, her artwork has been featured as cover art and interior art for various publications, most notably the poetry chapbook, VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES AND WANTON SOULS, with poetry by Marge Simon; with Simon receiving the Bram Stoker award for poetry in 2013. Her own poetry book, BURIAL PLOT IN SAGITTARIUS, also contains her cover art and interior art, and it was nominated for the Bram Stoker for Poetry award in 2000. A copy of this book is maintained at the Brown University library. The poetry collaboration, DANGEROUS DREAMS, with Marge Simon, was nominated for the Bram Stoker award for 2013.
 
POETRY AND COLLECTIONS
 
BURIAL PLOT IN SAGITTARIUS (Poetry), 2000, Thievin’ Kitty Publications (Nominated for the Bram Stoker for Poetry award and the Rhysling Award)
PATHS OF DESTINY (Selected poetry and short stories), 2001, Double Dragon Books
DANGEROUS DREAMS, with Marge Simon (Poetry), 2013, Electrik Milkbath Press (Nominated for the Bram Stoker for Poetry award and the Elgin Award)
HUNTER’S MOON, selected short stories, 2015, Midnight Town Media
FRAGMENTS, selected short stories and poetry, with Bob Judge (Art), 2015, Midnight Town Media
 
NOVELS
 
SETTLING IN NAZARETH, 2003, December Girl Press
DESCENT, 2005, Delirium Books
MANHATTAN GRIMOIRE, 2007, Delirium Books
FROM ASHES, 2008, Delirium Books
 
NOVELLAS
 
DARKNESS CONJURED, 2010, Delirium Books
REIGN OF BLOOD, 2011, Delirium Books
INTO THE RED, 2011, Damnation Books
MESSAGES FROM THE DEAD, 2013, DarkFuse
HELL’S DOOR, 2013, DarkFuse
CITY AT THE EDGE OF THE EARTH, 2016, Midnight Town Media
LUPO MANNARO, 2016, Night to Dawn Books
(Novelette: Journey to Talazia, with my illustrations and forthcoming from Alban Lake).
 
 
ART BOOKS
 
PAINTING THE THIRD FATE, 2005, Sam’s Dot Publishing
THE MAD HATTERY (with Marge Simon’s poetry), 2012, Electrik Milkbath Press
VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES & WANTON SOULS (With Marge Simon’s poetry), 2012, Electrik Milkbath Press
APPARITIONS: Thirty Years of Strange Art, 2015, Midnight Town Media
ETHEREAL BEINGS, 2015, Midnight Town Media
NAUGHTY LADIES (With Marge Simon’s poetry), 2015, Eldritch Press
CHILDHOOD, 2015, Midnight Town Media
TALES OF AN EARTHBOUND TRAVELER, 2015, Midnight Town Media
SMALL SPIRITS, 2016, (With Marge Simon’s poetry), 2016, Midnight Town Media
* Note: Some of these books are out of print, but you can find most of them at Amazon. 
 
EDITORIAL/PUBLISHING PROJECTS:
Goddess of the Bay Publications, where she produced and edited a monthly zine of poetry, art and short stories. In addition, specialty projects such as A Midsummer’s Night Terror, Something Wicked (experimental fiction collections) were produced under this banner.
December Girl Press (an imprint of Delirium Books): She produced and edited a collection of ‘Noir fiction called Crime Spree and a rare collectible novel Saying Uncle, by Greg F. Gifune. (1999 through 2003)
 
VISUAL BODIES OF WORK:
Figures and Fantasies 1986—ongoing. Expressionistic figurative work, Shapeshifting–fantasy paintings of felines, strange lands and the female figure.
The Genre 1995-ongoing. Paintings inspired by genre writings and imagined images related to my own writings.
Abstract Experiments in the City 2002-2006
New York inspired art 2007-2008
Digital Experiments 2016–ongoing project.
 
AWARDS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Burial Plot in Sagittarius was a finalist for the Bram Stoker award. A copy of the book is maintained in the Brown University Library. Her Poem Sarah (a piece from Burial Plot in Sagittarius) was nominated for the Rhysling award. Her poem Girls of the Seventies from a group called Wicked Verse received an honorable mention in Years Best Fantasy and Horror, 2004.
 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
Community College of Rhode Island, Solo show at Warwick and Lincoln campuses; 1986. Two paintings were on loan for exhibit in President’s reception area Community College of RI, 1987. Various group shows Warwick Community College Campus, 1984-1997; while earning my AFA in the 1980’s, and then later studying art seminars in the 1990’s. 
Border Books, Cranston and Providence, Rhode Island (2003). 
Winky Dink Ink Gallery and Tattoo Parlor, (New York) 2010. 
Various shows, New Hope Gallery (Cranston, RI) 2011-2015.
Various shows, Hughes/Donahue Gallery (Taunton, MA), 2011-2013. 
Anything Goes Gallery (Warwick, RI), October 2011-2012.
 
Right Studios, Woonsocket, RI, December 7th, 2011. 
Jerry’s Artarama (Providence, RI), 2012. 
Gallery Q Summer, Juried, (Providence, RI) June 1, 2012. 
Ugly Dog Gallery (Attleboro, MA), August 2012. 
Bank RI, Providence, RI, solo exhibit, December/January 2012-2013.
University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Campus, Group show, November 2014.
 
*There are more, including mail art exhibits in France, Italy, Malaysia, Spain and other countries. My art resides in European collections, American, Japanese and Australian. I’ve exhibited in hair salons, tattoo parlors and bookstores. There’s much more, but I’m a horrid record keeper and it doesn’t matter as long as it’s out there…somewhere…in this world…as long as I’m still creating..
 
*I no longer exhibit, but for select shows. My paintings are available for sale, and queries are always welcome. In addition, prints of both my digital work and paintings are available at venues like Redbubble, Deviant Art and Society6. Of course, I also sell my art on Ebay. I enjoy working in the publishing world and love to pair my visual art with my writing. I also enjoy making cover art for genre magazines and books, and doing illustrations, and that remains an ongoing project.

Mandy Cat

It’s Art!

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The Succubus--for blog

“The Succubus”

Acrylic on canvas–30 x 75 inches

My father served in World War II and I’ve always been fascinated with photographs of his time in Egypt and India, the Sphinx and the Taj Mahal looming in the background, as he and his friends posed–British and American soldiers banding together to protect national treasure. I’m not sure if he went to Europe before or after those snapshots were taken, but he did tell me that when he first saw the Sistine Chapel, he was overwhelmed, realizing genius, quickly becoming a fan of the Italian Renaissance.

In his later years, he chuckled at people when they were openly shocked about  a nude scene in a modern movie. He said, “Go overseas…nude statues are everywhere, right out in the open. It’s art!”

So, he didn’t flinch when I enrolled in a Life Drawing class in college, and we both smiled at my mother when she asked if the models really removed all of their clothes. “They can’t do that,” she proclaimed.

They did! All posing for a group of students–shameless, and lovely–most imperfect. Some were old, some young–some thin–some overweight–and I learned that the human form is beautiful at every stage of life–in all of its forms.

My new painting–a partial nude piece–is titled “The Succubus”. It’s inspired by a recent story I penned called “Hotel Namaah”–an erotic tale about encounters with a succubus. (Now available at DarkFuse magazine.)

And to quote my Dad…”It’s art.”

The Scoop

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Goddesses-Young Goddess Kissing the Devil.jpgHere’s the scoop–I have been painting for several decades. Although I created my first gallery ready paintings around 1985, I made small oil paintings for years prior to that. And I’ve been writing almost as long—overseeing several small presses in the 1990’s as well. I’ve often combined my visual work with my written work. And sometimes I paint fictional characters…or scenes from my stories.

I worked full time for many years, spending nights and weekends writing and making art.  I experimented with poetry, nonfiction, photography and a host of other creative ventures.

As the years passed, I accumulated a huge body of visual work, and my written work slowly began to grow, too.

My father became ill in February, 2011, and I retired from my day job to care for him. He died in July of that same year. After that, I once again began to exhibit my paintings. It was fun meeting other artists and mingling with them at galleries. I loved their energy and appreciated the time that they spent preparing for art shows. I networked with many talented painters, and have remained friends with them. I respect what they do immensely. I am thankful that my paintings have been shown at prestigious galleries in the area.

However, after spending several years doing local shows, I realized that I didn’t enjoy getting ready for exhibits, dropping off my work, and then later taking time to pick it up. And, while local galleries are important venues for artists, my over-sized symbolic work—lovers, nudes, sensual women–and figures that go hand-in-hand with the horror genre–are out of place most times. I am influenced by painters like Max Beckmann, Klimdt and a host of German Expressionists.  I’ve been told on numerous occasions, “We’d like to show your landscape paintings…if you have any. Your figures are a bit too suggestive.” I have painted landscapes, making most of them in recent years–specifically to fit into area galleries. But I’m happiest rendering the human form.  I’m pointing this out with no disrespect. We’re all on different paths and tastes vary.

However, as an artist, I  can’t compromise my message and my expression, despite the kindness and friendship many local galleries and artists have offered me. In addition, I recognize more than ever that my visual and written work go together. And I’m most comfortable in the publishing world. I also love working and marketing my work from home.

I’ve been fortunate to have had novels, novellas, poetry collections and art collections published. I haven’t gotten rich from any of it, but my life has been richer. I am thankful for mentors who have helped me along the way, and for those who have supported me.

Painting is hard work, and so is writing. Visual work comes easy to me. But if I abandon writing for too long, it haunts me.  Sometimes I throw up my hands and swear that I’ll never write again. Friends who know me well have learned to ignore me when I tell them that I just want to paint. But I have to do both. Many times, the pieces I conjure when working on my fiction get published as magazine cover art, or they accompany a poet’s words. And sometimes people buy the original paintings. My first poetry collection, Burial Plot in Sagittarius, was accompanied by my black and white mixed media pieces. Through the years my drawings or paintings have occasionally been paired with my writing. Recently, more of my paintings have been interior illustrations for my fiction—Lupo Mannaro (Night to Dawn Books), City at the Edge of the Earth (Midnight Town Media) and the soon to come novelette Journey from Talazia (Alban Lake).  AND Alban Lake will be publishing a book of my art this year. And presently, my writing is taking a new direction. So that’s the scoop.

Painting—“The Devil’s Kiss”—1987

Recycled Canvas

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Recycled Canvas

I found a few more canvases that needed makeovers. I wanted to incorporate some text with the images, and also splatter some paint onto the canvas. Here are several pieces that I worked on over the weekend.

EYE CANDY

WORDS AND PAINT

Sandy DeLuca-Art, Fiction and Poetry

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Sandy DeLuca-Art, Fiction and Poetry

“They Followed her Home From an Alien World”. Acrylic on canvas. 18 x 24 inches. Not for sale.

“Dolls in the Attic”. Acrylic on canvas. 18 x 24 inches. Not for sale.