Biography/Artist Statement

My paintings explore the emotional energy, light, colors and textures found in the landscape. I am especially drawn to the untouched, tangled, wild local woodlands and forests which to me feel alive with emotion and spirituality. The more I painted the landscape, the more trees became my subject as they teach us about life: strength, fragility, endurance and weathering the storms. To me painting is about the paint, brushstrokes and mark making. I like to work in both watercolors and oils. I love the luminous transparency, fluidity, and spontaneity of watercolors, and the rich buttery lusciousness and slow layering of oil paints. My work starts with loose bold dynamic brushstrokes of transparent color. Then opaque paint and lyrical lines are added and removed using brushes, knives and scrappers until the painting has been distilled and clarified into a beautiful moment. With my personal mark making and intuitive color I wants to create a visual experience charged with emotion, movement and energy. I believe, “Art emerges when the heart and mind collide.”


Shy Raguso has a M.A. in Fine Arts and is an award winning artist who has exhibited at numerous galleries, art shows, and other public spaces. She is also loves to teach art to children and adults at The Whittemore, The Morris County Art Workshop, YMCA, Chester Field House and gives private art lessons. Shy was born  lives and works in New Jersey with her husband and two children.