Carrie Di Costanzo
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Carrie Di Costanzo Painting and drawing have been a life long pursuit for Carrie Di Costanzo. She received a BFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and began her career as a fashion illustrator for Calvin Klein, Inc. She became interested in botanical art after visiting The Highgrove Florilegium Exhibition. Fascinated by the mastery of detail, color, and composition, she strove to learn more about this art genre. Carrie attended open studio botanical art classes for two years where she refined her painting and drawing skills.
Her preferred medium is gouache, which is a water-soluble paint that can be used both opaquely and semi transparently. Gouache has a rich matte quality to the finish, and is great for depicting deep and vibrant colors found in nature. Carrie also paints in watercolor, which is a transparent medium. Watercolor is her paint of choice when the subjects are more delicate and call for the layering of paint to attain the true color of the plant. She works from live subjects and begins with accurate and detailed sketches, capturing three dimensional form and botanical details. Color notes are also recorded. Many photos are taken, as a reference tool, when the plant either dies or changes form during its life cycle. Carrie finds joy painting textural details and looks for subjects that appeal to her in this manner. The furry pussy willows, the rough bark of a tree branch, and the fuzzy cockscomb flower head are just a few examples.
She is an award-winning artist and has found success in exhibiting her work throughout the country. Exhibitions with the American Society of Botanical Artists include the 14th, 16th, 17th, and 18th Annual International Exhibition, Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps, and Weird, Wild, and Wonderful. Other exhibitions include 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli Estates in California, Focus on Nature XIII with the New York State Museum, Botanical Art Exhibition of the California Native Plant Society, and Botanica, All Things Plant Life at the Bedford Gallery, California. Carrie has been awarded First Place at the Botanical Art Exhibition of the California Native Plant Society’s 2012 Conservation Conference, the Ursus Book and Print Award, at The American Society of Botanical Artists/ Horticultural Society of NY 16th Annual International Exhibition, the Roth Award for Distinction of Botanical Art Presentation at the 15th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli, The Jurors’ Award for Distinction of Botanical Art Presentation at the 16th Annual Art Exhibition at Filoli, and the President’s Award for “The Beauty of Botanicals” at OA Gallery. Her work is included in the collections of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, as well as other private collections. Carrie’s work has been reproduced in Colorful Edibles: A Coloring Book of the Artwork of the American Society of Botanical Artists, The Botanical Artist: Journal of the ASBA, and Victoria Magazine, where she was Artist-in-Residence for 2014.