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Monica the Artist

A painter from her youth, Monica was born in Bethesda, Maryland and attended the California College of Arts and Crafts where she first professionally illustrated a limited edition book of poetry, 'Knowing is a Sometime Friend,' by Maurishka Tagliaferro, Spiro Graphics. She continued advanced studies in art and anthropology at Texas A &M University.

Monica Lou

Though commissioned originally as an active duty Supply Corps officer in the United States Navy, Monica went on to obtain a Masters of Art degree, with a specialty in the decorative arts, at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), State University of New York in 1993, while maintaining Navy status as a Reserve officer. Her thesis, dedicated to "Roman Decorative Fountains represented in the Garden Paintings of Private Dwellings from Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Boscoreale," brought her back to Europe where she has remained to present.

In 1995, while teaching Art History with the University of Maryland in Naples, Italy and giving lessons in studio art (watercolours) she was recalled to active duty status and deployed with NATO to Zagreb. It was there that Monica discovered the Navy Art Program and embarked on a new Navy adventure as a Navy combat artist.

Monica has exhibited her watercolours in the US, Italy and continually in France, from numerous one-man shows in Marseille to the competative Salon des Beaux Arts 2002, Toulon where she was awarded the prize for watercolours.

Welcome To Sarajevo

Her watercolour "Welcome to Sarajevo," painted as a centerpiece for the Department of Defense sponsored Navy Art Foundation Exhibit in 1997 at the Cannon House Office Building, now hangs in the Pentagon E-Ring.

Her paintings continue to be exhibited at the Navy Art Museum, Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C and remain a valuable part of the Navy's archives depicting life in action, and are based on direct observation.

Between active duty Navy painting assignments, most recently for the Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean, Monica continues to paint the luminous French and Italian countryside. She enjoys painting marine 'scapes,' fishing boats of all kinds and the play of light in and reflection on water. Fields of lavender and the ageless villages of the South of France, where she resides with her husband, also play a large role in her paintings.