Born and raised in the Rome, New York area, Sally Tagliere, that would be myself, is the seventh of eight children born to William and Elmina Nemyier, who ran an antique shop in Floyd for over fifty years. Most weekends in the fair weather were spent at antique shows and flea markets. My interest in antiques remains with me. Being the mother of four children, and choosing to be at home with them, at least until they were in their teens, I opted to work at home for several years refinishing furniture. After my third child was born,I took classes at BOCES in New Hartford and the RACC painting in oils. Many times, the classes were taken with other members of my family. I continued to paint until the refinishing and the children became the main focus of my life, and the paints had to be put away.
Several years later, the only child still at home was ready to leave for her last year of college. This was my second daughter, Bobbi. Before leaving, Bobbi insisted I go buy more paint and canvass and get busy. The battle raged, and Bobbi won, so off to the local art supply store we went.
Sally Tagliere, Artist’s Bio
The Beginning 1974-1985
After many years of painting on canvass in oils as a child and young adult, I set aside my paints and brushes to begin a family life as a mother of 4 children.
Ten years had passed before I realized there was still something lacking. So, the painting was resumed, but with the difficulty of having become rusty. It required a year or more of hard work and concentration to regain the place where I had left off. This was helped, in part to some additional adult education painting classes at BOCES and at the Rome Community Art Center. There were also classes in Chinese Brushstroke, and some for drawing. Though I am not fast, I did become unstoppable.
Working at a full-time job, there was still one of my daughters living at home with me, but attending college. Bobbi Jo was transferring to a school away from home. My second husband had passed away from a brief illness. This left me with much more time to paint, and paint, I did. Every night after work found me working for a couple more hours at the easel.
By this time there were a multitude of paintings to be framed. This in turn created a plethora of glass panes building up in a room of my house. My soon-to-be husband asked what I had in mind for it. Since then, he has become my inspiration for painting, and my cheering section. I decided to sleep on it. The following night, I began painting on it. I didn’t know how, but things began fitting in place. Painting on glass became such a challenge, I never did get back to canvass. Throughout these years, I remained on the afternoon shift at work, because I had become used to painting after work, and this is still my schedule currently.
In October of 2016 there was an opportunity at hand. The local restaurant/ bar in town was under new management, so I stopped by one day to see if my paintings would be useful to the new owner as part of the décor. Whether it be a blessing from above, good luck, or hard work, the owners and I were all mutually pleased to display my art in both of their dining rooms where they continue to be.
By the middle of spring, to my surprise, some of my paintings were accepted in a renaissance fair by the Rome Art Association. I had looked into becoming a member of their group years earlier, but working the afternoon shift, was unable to meet their time requirements. While at this lovely fair, I had an enjoyable conversation with a member, to find the requirements were no longer the same, and had been modified, so at that time, I not only signed up for membership, but was also invited to participate in more of their events and shows. In August there was an art competition titled “Emotions” at the ‘Artistree’ Gallery in Rome. I was honored, but in disbelief to find that my 911 painting, “Carry the Flag” had won Best of Show. Soon to follow in September, my work was chosen as Artist of the Month at an RAA meeting. During the same month of September, two of my “Pixley Falls” paintings won first place and third place ribbons at the Dodge Pratt Northam Museum in Boonville, New York. Because of this, I was asked to do a one-man show in September of next year. At this point in time, you could have knocked me over with a feather.
In December, 2017, once again I was voted ‘Artist of the month’ by the RAA. My reverse painting on plexi-glass, titled “Talkin’ Baseball’ is now on display at the Jervis Public Library in Rome, New York.
At this time, I am truly honored as well as excited to be exhibiting my work soon at the Canastota Public Library in April, 2018.
The art form of reverse painting on glass has
been traced back thousands of years, but never
actually pinpointed to the exact area of Asia
in which it originated. Personal experience has
taught me that latex and acrylic paints are not
suitable mediums in which to paint. Oils are
very good for painting on glass because they
stay where put when dry. The first thing to go
in the painting is the last thing that entered
the picture, such as a reflection on water or
shadow. Afterword, the details, such as jewelry
or grasses in the foreground, and so on until
the painting is finished. The painting becomes
‘reversed’ when it is viewed from the opposite
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