“As an artist, I am driven by the act of creation.”
So says longtime artist Tom Zizzo of his gorgeous paintings, some of which will adorn the walls of the Mill Valley Chamber’s space at 85 Throckmorton Ave. in July, including a reception on Tuesday, July 5th as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk (5:30-7:30pm).
“Currently, my works are both abstract and representational,” Zizzo says. “Color always takes center stage in my paintings, and the natural world is an important source of inspiration. I started painting many decades ago, but the demands of business and family kept my brush quiet. Recent studies with Chester Arnold and others have reignited my passion, and I am able to spend many hours with paint and canvas.”
Zizzo’s early formal education and training as a microbiologist helped him to develop a fine visual discrimination know-how. In later years, his printing and graphic arts company tuned his eyes to design and color relationships. He’s found this unique set of skills invaluable in developing his fine arts process.
Zizzo has exhibited at juried art shows, including at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. He’s also received critical recognition including the Judges Award for the Art in the Redwoods exhibit at Gualala Arts Center.
“I am looking forward to the show and hosting the reception,” Zizzo says.
Aside from the First Tuesday Artwalk on July 5th, the Chamber’s office is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-4pm.