Meet Mary Jo Lombardo, a painter at Studio 5 Sunrise, located in the Gateway Arts District. Learn how she discovered the arts district and what drives her as an artist.
How did you discover the medium you currently work in?
I work in a wide variety of media, from site specific video installations to drawings, painting and prints. My work evolved over time to include this diversity of media. Much of the work is done in series - addressing a subject and exploring it in multi-media.
How do you define "artist"?
An artist is someone who expresses themselves creatively in one or more materials - from paint and clay to video to writing to food to music to, you name it!
How did you discover the Gateway Arts District?
I was searching for a community of artists where I could set up my studio when I moved to the DC area from the New York City metropolitan area. The Gateway Arts District was advertising spaces. When I visited I was welcomed by my future studio mate, took the space, and the rest is history!
If you could give your younger self a piece of advice about being an artist, what would it be?
If I could give my younger self some advice about being an artist I would say to always be true to your own vision and value your intrinsic individuality.
What drives you?
The desire to create, the excitement generated when I am working on a new project, the flow of ideas, the energy and activation of my senses when I am deep in the throes of a series - these are some of the things that drive me as an artist.
What is your greatest challenge as an artist?
My greatest challenge as an artist is finding blocks of time in my schedule to show up and see what happens.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on a new video project that will live at the website: themissingpersonsbureau.com
Mary Jo Lombardo
3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD 20722