New Series

With this new series, I am combining an affinity for horror flicks and books. Childhood nostalgia is present at times. I began it because an old friend recently told me that he found doll art along with other subjects I’d painted when very young. The paintings and drawings were stored in a box filled with comics we’d collected. As children, we’d spent many hours watching scary movies and building our collection. Years later–this year–he asked me to paint something new, something that reflected our love of horror and our long ago days as children. I came up with Pennywise surrounded by Voodoo dolls. He said, “It’s perfect.” Then, I went on to paint several more images of Pennywise.

To sum up, this series is more than copies of classic horror monsters. They are painted in my own distinct way–often quickly. The paint drips and smudges…maybe my style is crude to some, abstract at times. Sometimes images that don’t relate to the monsters has been/will be painted with them. They are an expression of subjects that I enjoy, have enjoyed with people that I love…friends, family. They partly relate to my work as a fiction writer. It’s a painter’s expression…more than just pretty things.

This is a continuing series…

Paintings from the Mad Hattery

Cover painting for THE MAD HATTERY. Acrylic on illustration board. 30 x 40 inches.

In 2011, I had the pleasure of having some of my paintings accompany Marge Simon’s delightful poetry. The book is out of print, but the paintings live on. Some have been sold, some are in storage and others still make exhibition rounds. I wanted to share a few of them here. At the time–back in 2011-I had fallen in love with Pop Surrealism and big-eyed-girl art. So, several of the paintings reflect that inspiration.

Two-Person Art Exhibit, with Bob Judge

Yesterday, Bob Judge and I hung our two-person art show at the Cranston Public Library. I’ve included a few photos of the work on display. The show will be up today until June 15th.


Library Exhibit--Hall Paintings
Library Exhibit–Hall Paintings

Two-Person Art Exhibit


Bob Judge and Sandy DeLuca


Opening Reception

Saturday, June 8th

1pm to 4pm


The Cranston Public Library

140 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston, RI 02920


Paintings on display from May 21st through June 14th

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm; Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

So…here I am

(Above painting: “My Life Without You…Inside a Fairy Tale”)


I wish I had a time machine. I’d go back to the 1970’s and do major renovations. Yet, some of my experiences inspired early novels and novellas. Recently, my paintings reflect those days.

The early 80’s were where I found my heart. I wouldn’t change a thing. Within a college art studio, I discovered myself through painting. In history, literature, drama and music classes, I realized that I had a brain, despite what I’d been told early in  life.

Later, for a while–1987 through around 1995–everything became a circus, and days and nights were a blur of vivid characters, larger than life people and moments. Photography and magazine interviews, conducted on a tiny tape-recorder, defined my life further. That too passed, and then came the late 1990’s, when I wrote fiction and poetry. But, the one constant through all of my life is visual art.

I recall nights I spent drawing childlike figures on the back of old photographs, waiting for my grandmother’s nod. She smiled slyly when I carved faces into an Italian library table that my family had brought here on a ship from Italy.  My mother didn’t scold me when she had to refinish it with sandpaper and varnish. She bought me watercolors and was in awe at the horse I painted for her in third grade. She said to my Dad, “Hey, she’s pretty good, you know she is.”

Today, I continue to paint. I tell stories on canvas. My art is dark, often not pretty, but I say things with it.

I have a lot to say. Besides the heartaches of youth, I had a brush with cancer twelve years ago. I survived. Recently, I thought I was heading down the same path. A health scare emerged. I was terrified until a procedure proved that there is no cancer…that I have time. What to do with that time? After that experience, I spent a month shopping in thrift stores and malls. My closets got so full that I had to invest in some storage units. But, hey, I got some cool stuff.

Needless to say, the shopping was a diversion, time taken to think about what I wanted to do.

Friends who’ve read my novels tell me to write. “You write so well.” “It would be a waste if you didn’t.” To be honest, I hate writing novels. Sure, I’ve written a few, but as I get older, the writing, rewriting, proofing…and doing it again until all is as perfect as possible, it drains me.

My fiction has been compared to taking a trip on acid, or fever dreams…mostly horror–and my audience is small.  However, I’ll still write. I’m writing this, aren’t I? Novels, not so much.

Then, there’s painting…painting is laborious.  I lay a canvas on the floor and work. I’ve always worked like that…since forever. Now, with age, my legs and back ache after hours spent on a project. But I don’t mind.

I don’t mind because I have lots to say. And whatever time there is left, until I’m too old to work as I do now…that’s what I’m going to do. You can’t serve two masters…you have to do what touches your soul. So, here I am, and I’m going to tell you stories on canvas.

I’ve shared some of my recent work here. Inspired by symbolism and experiences from long ago, forged with wisdom I’ve acquired over the years.


Sandy DeLuca

April 16, 2019




Creepy Things

The book ADORABLY WICKED is once again available, this time in in color. It includes color paintings and pen and ink drawings. The images are from my art series entitled Creepy Things.

At the end of 2018, and into 2019, I began a new series–cute and creepy. It’s influenced by the horror genre–as much of my work is. Back in the ’80’s, while in college, I studied children’s illustrations in my commercial art classes. In addition, I studied children’s literature. The two studies intersected naturally.

The Pop Surrealism movement caught my attention several years ago. When working on The Mad Hattery with Marge Simon, several of my paintings made an attempt to capture the “big eyes” of that genre.  I believe that my studies of German Expressionism also play a role in this series, giving my work a less technical feel.

None of the originals are for sale online. However, prints, greeting cards and postcards of these images will be available at my gallery at RedBubble and at various art shows I will be part of in the future.

Prints, postcards, greeting cards and other products available at RedBubble.