Rosaria is an Italian-American, a lesbian, a retired NY lawyer and law librarian professor, and an ovarian cancer survivor, but her calling is that of an artist. She rediscovered her childhood passion for art as an adult, which she calls her second coming out. She feels indebted to the amazing artists she studied with in NYC, including those from the NY Academy of Figurative Arts, where she received an MFA.
Her works include the female nude, issues of androgyny, sexuality and gender, LGBT matters, and, when doing portraiture, the psychological and spiritual inner workings. Influenced by the masters of the past, in particular Picasso, with his constant reinvention and bold experimentation of media and color, and Egon Schiele, with his raw, emotional and expressive use of the line, Rosaria constantly challenges herself by using and combining different media and techniques to express my themes.