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            Hi there! I'm Gina DiMaggio, an artist based in Bozeman, Montana. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share my journey as an artist. Originally from Olympia, Washington, I moved to Bozeman after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University. While attending college, I earned my BSN and played collegiate volleyball.

            Growing up in a family of artists, I was surrounded by creativity and a love for various mediums such as watercolor, acrylics, oil, pastels, mosaic tile, and glass. However, it wasn't until 2019, while raising my two kids, Davey and Mac, that I discovered my own passion for painting. As a stay-at-home mom, I turned to YouTube tutorials, books, and lots of trial and error to teach myself the art of painting. It was a journey of self-discovery and a way for me to find my own voice amidst the joys and challenges of motherhood.

            The name of my business, Color of Ashes, holds deep meaning for me. It represents the duality of life - the pain and struggles we face, as well as the beauty, love, and laughter that follow. The image of ashes settling symbolizes the initial pain and loss, but if we look closely, we'll see that color remains all around us, representing the joys and rewards life has to offer.

             I find solace, inner stillness, and healing through the act of creating art. It has allowed me to understand myself better, appreciate my own beauty, and embrace my sense of self-worth. My artistic style often involves vibrant colors and a focus on subjects that inspire me. I enjoy working from black and white images, allowing the play of light and contrast to guide my artistic interpretation.

            When I'm not painting, you can find me spending quality time with my kids, playing beach volleyball with my best friends, or traveling with the other half of my soul, a gifted photographer, Kevin Chartier. I'm extremely grateful for the support and love I've received from my community. My artwork can be found in the Nova Cafe and the Ridge Athletic Club, both of which have been incredibly supportive. Additionally, you'll find my artwork on the labels of the Mavens Market wine collection.

          To my clients, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude. It means the world to me that you trust me to create art that resonates with you. As I continue on this artistic journey, I'm committed to nurturing my craft, learning from other talented artists, and growing my own self-confidence.

           Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I'm excited to share my art with you and hope that it brings you joy, inspiration, and a sense of connection to the beauty of life.

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