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Gina Matarazzo

The short story about me: I design books, paint pictures, hide chocolate like a squirrel (meaning, I don't always remember where I put it), own and operate 22 hula hoops (not all at once), sometimes lose paintbrushes in my hair, get caught on doorknobs frequently, work too much, look for creative opportunities with EVERYTHING, love looking at academic paintings in person and spending time with my cats and husband. I love COLOR and DETAILS and SECRETS and STORIES and EVERYTHING about the creative process, especially the challenge and the hard work. There are hidden secrets, wonders and joys of the world right under our noses every day. I enjoy creating art that celebrates the things that are often overlooked and taken for granted. When is the last time you really looked at the sky or the sprightly little rabbit in your yard? What does that dog of yours dream about? I think everyone needs to slow down and pay more attention to what's going on around them. With a little creative license, I aim to show you a magical way of looking at ordinary things. Some history about me: In the past, my primary focus was designing and illustrating album covers for a wide variety of recording artists across a great spectrum of music genres. My client list has included Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Glen Phillips, Peter Tork, Woody Allen, 88.5 WXPN and Austin Music. I have also done freelance work on books, toys, and textiles for clients including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw Hill, and Running Press Books. Currently, I design books for Bookbaby in any and every genre and style that comes across my desk. My original artwork has exhibited at the Abend Gallery; Canton Museum of Art; IX Gallery; IKON Images: The Illustration Gallery; Society of Illustrators, NY; Haven Gallery; The Franklin Institute Science Museum; Philadelphia Sketch Club; Rosenwald-Wolfe Galleries; and in the October Shadows exhibition in Altadena, CA. Recently my work has been published in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 22, Vol. 24 & 25) and in Infected by Art Vols. 3-9). I live with my illustrator husband, Matt Stewart and cats Gwendolyn, Cecily and Georgie in southern New Jersey where at certain spot between trees, you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful Philadelphia skyline in the distance.
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