Maria Rossella Dalmas – painter

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Maria Rossella Dalmas, nee Cassar, is an Italian-Maltese artist. She is the daughter of Giuseppe Cassar who was a photographer and watercolour artist. from Hamrun. Maria Rossella is self-taught, under the guidance of her father. Her favourite medium is acrylic.

When and how did you get started?

I have always doodled and painted since my father’s family were very artistic.

What genre do you consider your work to be?

Figurative but hopefully original

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Pastel-like effect; hazy; dreamy. Nostalgic and romantic but not quite…

Where was your first exhibition held?

The Museum of Fine Arts hosted my first solo exhibition in 1993. Before that, I took part in many collective exhibitions – the first being at the Trade Fair in Naxxar

Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?

At the moment, L-Għabex f’Għawdex – it is simple, plain, small and tells a story

What are you working on at the moment?

Skies and landscapes… mostly skies: winter skies

Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?

Locally George Fenech of Mellieħa and Tony Siberrass of B’kara

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

An Archaeologist

What is the epitome of happiness for you?

Achieving vibrancy with one brush stroke

What do you love about Malta?

I love the vernacular, local customs and the way of life

What do you hate about Malta?

It’s destruction for money’s sake

Favourite colour and what it means to you?

Blue – indanthrene, ultra-marine and manganese give vibrancy

What is your favourite indulgence?

Black, over 70% chocolate

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