The watermedia and mixed media paintings, drawings and prints of Costanza Knight are contemporary expressions that explore and celebrate the human form and the landscape. These images often take place in gravity free worlds and portray humankind in both states of joy and pathos.
Poetry and narratives are often her inspiration. Knight dramatically interprets them by creating a series of paintings that actually tell a story. In a sense, they are poetic art. As a former speech and language pathologist, she sees a direct connection between teaching communication and interpreting the human experience through her artwork.
A Floridian by birth, Knight spent her summers in Saluda, North Carolina, where she took painting lessons from her father, an artist.
realization that she wanted to formalize her interest in art came when she
was attending university in Florence, Italy. She took a figure drawing
class and fell in love with the process of breathing life into her
drawings. She studied art there and at the University of North Carolina
in Asheville. Tucker Cooke of UNC Asheville especially influenced her work with his
insistence on anatomical mastery. Continued study of body casting has helped
further this knowledge. Of late, she has found special delight in the
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