My name Vera Luagina BONACCI. I sign my work either BONACCI or Jeanne Henderson. My studio name is October Sun Studios, Ltd. My BFA Is from Kent State University which focused on metals and fibers [specifically enameling] and a Masters from Cleveland State University with a focus on Computer uses. I have also studied Creative Brain Theory and Teaching through the Arts as a Core or Global subject at the master level. I explored Theater, Fashion in both retail, merchandising and design, Jewelry design and I tinker with my Mandolin. I have studied under several master visual artists. Traditional portraiture with Dino Massaroni and later with Judy Takacs and several more. My book, “Madonna of the Ways” began a side road to more books which I intend to publish along with illustrating books for my daughter, Cynthia Burke. Upon retirement as an Art instructor, I dove right into my enamels. My technique developed into a more contemporary style of layering and suggested imagery of people and animals. This was my escape as I needed to re-define myself after my first husband, Frank, had passed away. After marrying my second husband, Don, I continued to produce my enamels, but something changed. I felt too isolated to produce in the space I had available. I stumbled onto a color pencil class and fell in love- not only with the medium, but it’s convenience or portability. I began to draw again. I had to bring that skill back into my repertoire and began to layer, and focus on people and animals. Some were photo realism and then I ventured off to my more expressive techniques using scribbling, and mixed media. It was around this time I met Paul Foropoulos, a master artist from Greece. I began my journey with him as I began to explore oil. I started with portraits, live model drawing and, under his encouragement , began to explore a more contemporary style, reminiscent of my exploratory enamels. As I explore this genre and style, my challenge is to bring that consistency of energy, a related color palette that has an abstraction that is both organic and geometric. My color pencil animals are tending to lean into this style as well as I continue to explore my scribble techniques. My goal is to go beyond the realism and bring the energy, life, vitality of the nature of my subject and theme. I hope you will enjoy these works and be drawn into that kinetic energy and feel it in your own soul. I hope it will make you smile, wonder, tilt your head, ponder and engage as you join into the energy of each art work.