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Meet Charlene Pulsonetti of Peculiar Peccary – Art By Charlene Pulsonetti in Ramona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charlene Pulsonetti.

Charlene, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in New York with a family that always encouraged my creativity. I remember spending time at Grandma’s house playing with her watercolors and experimenting with my Aunt’s Xerox machine, making these weird of photocopy collages.

After high school, I attended The Art Institute of Boston and studied mostly printmaking and painting. At the time, I didn’t have any particular focus in terms of subject matter. In my junior year, I attended a travel course on the Navajo Nation where we learned about their contemporary and traditional healing practices. Being among their beautiful landscape of red earth, canyons and wide open skies I instantly knew this would be the source of my inspiration going forward.

Since that time, I participated as Artist In Residence at Petrified Forest National Park and also spent about a year volunteering at various parks including Gila Cliff Dwellings and Redwoods. My experience in these place still inspires my art to this day.

I moved to Ramona a few years ago and enjoy the country life, inspiring landscape and being around so many talented artists!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For artists, I believe the biggest challenge is understanding the business aspects of their craft. It’s crucial to learn how to market yourself, recognize valuable opportunities and create art that others can connect with. It took me awhile, but I eventually became comfortable talking about my art with others so they feel just as excited as I do about my work.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Peculiar Peccary – Art By Charlene Pulsonetti – what should we know?
My art primarily focuses on southwestern themes – wide open landscapes, rich colors, old west characters. A common theme in my watercolor and acrylic paintings are the “lone traveler”, a female figure in a poncho and western style hat that roams the southwest. They are meant to represent independence and inner strength. She is commonly accompanied by a crow, her guardian figure. I want viewers to be transported to these environments I create with my art and encourage them to find themselves in nature.

I sell my original paintings and prints through my website and have fun apparel and home decor items through my online Society6 shop.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
It isn’t easy, but as an artist, I learned that practicing my craft every day was crucial. Even if this means just a simple sketch, it’s important to not let yourself get rusty.

I have also taught myself to be receptive to every possible opportunity to show my work, then follow up and make it a reality!

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