That feeling you get when you calm your body and let everything go.......that sense of tranquility. That same gentle feeling when you see a butterfly with it's colourful wings land on a flower.
Juanita Scerri was born and raised in Malta, a little island in the Mediterranean and moved to Toronto Canada in 2002 at the age of 33, where she was introduced to the dot painting technique through a very dear friend , who had spent 3 months working for a well known Australian painter .
With her own appreciation for dreams, shapes and colours as well as her new interest in dot artwork and it's amazing dream painting, she was inspired to develop her sense of creativity which she carried, but never fully expressed. With her dreams being always very complex she chose a different path, simple real life dreams.
Her passion for dancing has inspired some of her past work and became stronger in her project called Dancing Dots in 2014. Juanita has exhibited her work in Solo Shows , including several restaurants in Toronto and also participated in a few Group Exhibitions.
In 2015 the self taught artist experienced a lack of interest and energy in pursuing her work and she ended up taking a 4 year long hiatus. In 2020 she decided to focus once again on her art and has created 12 new pieces in the last 6 months . Since there has been no opportunities to have physical art shows due to COVID restrictions , she took her art to online galleries and developed a social media presence.
I have never had a desire for a sense of planning in my life, my ideal has always been to enjoy every moment to the fullest. However I always found necessary a sense of order and flow around me. As a self taught dot painting artist, my past work was inspired by simple images or forms that symbolized moments in my life or passions like dancing. The dot art around the image was not usually planned and the dots ended up representing my emotions or moods, changing through the choice of colours and direction.
I have suffered off and on with depression and anxiety since I was 22 years old. When COVID hit , losing my job together with the long isolation , had an immense effect on my mental health for several months. Until one day, after a 4 year hiatus I decided to start painting again ! The 12 pieces of artwork created between the fall of 2020 till today have taken a new and exciting direction. They express the transformation from my negative struggles to my new positive perspective of life and well being. When I paint the flow and the colours of the dots evoke in me a great sense of relaxation and tranquility. My goal is to keep creating and feeling happy with the hope that perhaps I can also bring joy to the viewer and show that creativity can set your mind and soul free.
Today I’m pursuing my art vigorously and exploring different ways to enhance my dot painting technique, experimenting with 3D effects and optical illusions created by different sizes of dots . The name Dancing Dots I created in 2014 became the idea behind my dot painting technique , which brings my emotions to life through texture and allows me to express and share that which I cannot express with words.
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art” ~ Paul Cezanne
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This piece was inspired by Salvador Dali's "Woman with flower head" from his Surrealism period (1937). I've always loved this piece so I created a 3 piece painting incorporating the changing seasons. From bright oranges and yellows of summer to the colours of the changing leaves of Fall.
This painting is an expression of my frame of mind which is constantly changing direction. In spite of this there is a sense of order and flow in the dots that change from black and white to bright colours. One could say it's a "self portrait" of my mind This piece is in acrylic paint on a round canvas 20"diameter
This piece is also part of the Dancing Dots series which focuses on women images showing their strength and vulnerabilities. This one in particular portrays a woman who is strong and no matter what life throws at her she remains determined to keep going
This summer we could all use a little more ________ A little less _________
What could YOU use A little less of ? A little more of ?
This past month I have been noticing that there is still so much hatred ,anger and judgment (especially on social media ). Everyone in the world has had a tough time with all that’s happened in this past year and I think it’s really time for everyone to be kind to each other and focus on the good . Chill out, be positive and enjoy this summer
When I start a painting I usually start with the centre image and the dots around usually represent my moods through the choice of colours and flow . However as you can see in my previous post this time I started the other way round The metallic colours for me are shiny and happy colours and when I started it all was good and well . The piece took longer than expected and throughout this period there was a cocktail of emotions and circumstances that affected this piece . That’s where the change happened with the blues and the reds . I find myself not very sure about the result of this however I decided to post it because things aren’t always perfect or go the way we want them to go. Life is full of chaos and mixed emotions especially during this time .
I am a bit of a perfectionist , especially when it comes to my art. If one dot is out of place I have to fix it. With this piece I wanted the woman's body to be perfect but realized that in real life no woman is perfect. It's important that you love yourself just the way you are cause you are beautiful!
This was the first piece I painted after a 4 year haitus from making art. In the summer of 2020 I suffered with anxiety for several months. As soon as I started painting everything aligned. When you reunite with your inner passions , life shows you a different perspective.
Be bright and shine. Be colourful!! Sometimes all you need is a splash of colour ! In every piece I paint the dots always represent my emotions and moods, changing with the choice of colours and direction. I find that when the sun is out and I feel happier, the colours of the dots become more vibrant, and the flow creates a feeling of dance. I call it Dancing Dots Piece created in 2021
"Imagine a new story for your life and start living it". ~ Paolo Coelho It has been a very interesting year for me. When I lost my job last May of 18 years I felt very lost and scared cause i thought how am I going to find work at the age of 52 in the hospitality industry. I kind of used to paint as a hobby and never took it seriously......but when I started painting again last October I went all in focusing just on art. It helped me recover from my anxiety and depression but it also gave me the courage to pursue it, painting everyday and putting it out there. This painting represents exactly that and now I am living that new story and I've never been happier.