Mary Chiaramonte began painting at age three. As a child in rural West Virginia in the early 80s, her family lived off of and worked the land. Chiaramonte had no TV or other electronic distractions. Often encouraged to entertain herself with objects in nature, she was left with the workings of her imagination and her observations of the world around her, which she translated into paintings and drawings.
She continues this practice today, taking much of her momentum from the people that surround and affect her: ‘Because of my remaining isolation, working alone in the studio setting, I am effectively absorbed with the narrative of our lives. There are stories unfolding around me all of the time and I want to tell them in my work’.