Art for me is a language, a way to communicate my feelings, emotions, and experiences through light, colors, and shapes. I believe that, like music, art develops one’s humanity, and it “speaks” to every individual in an intimate, immediate, and personal way. I have been exposed to art all my life. In Italy, where I grew up, art is found everywhere, and the contemplation of beautiful things is a way of life. As a child, I learned to value art. My mother named me after a statue (Ilaria del Carretto by Jacopo della Quercia), and some of my fondest childhood memories are of she and I drawing and painting together. Through middle and high school, art history and technical drawing were compulsory. When I moved to the United States at age 18, I fell in love with the artistic process, first in my art classes and then on my own. I still consider myself a student of art, perpetually curious about and fascinated by its possibilities. For me, painting is like embarking on a great adventure.