Arielle Tesoriero is a painter who works with oil to create large-scale, contemporary portraiture. Growing up in Crisfield, understanding people’s perception of beauty deeply perplexes her.
My work revolves around my struggles with self-esteem, sexuality, desire, isolation, and loneliness. Every woman I know experiences these struggles because of an ideal beauty, morality, or purpose that is placed upon us by our surrounding environments.
I use my poetry, diary entries, and my own photography as inspirations and references for my work. I also use music, literature, and social media. All of my inspiration comes directly from my life, normally from things I experience day to day, that I will translate into a feeling. I describe painting as a diary to me because I depict scenes I couldn’t express in any other way.”