Winter in Vermont by Fil Mottola

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This original oil painting on panel board measures 11 by 14 inches and it is framed 20 by 23 inches in a simple dark wooden frame.

It is signed Mottola in the lower right corner. It also has an old label on the reverse that reads: COPYRIGHT RESERVED BY FIL MOTTOLA - ARTIST. " Winter in Vermont" 11 x 14.

The painting is in excellent condition with a minor paint scratch in the middle upper sky area. The frame is in good condition with some scuffing on the raised surfaces.

Artist Biography: Filastro (Fil) Mottola was born in 1915 in the Italian section of Orange, New Jersey. In 1921 the Mottola family moved to Los Angeles. Fil Mottola is also included in Edan Hughes’ Artists in California, 1786-1940 ( Volume Three).

In 1938 Mottola enrolled at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Within a few weeks his art samples got the attention of John Hubbard Rich, Donna Schuster, Paul Clemens, Ralph Holmes, and the Dean of Otis, Roscoe Shrader. Upon recommendation, Filastro was offered and accepted a full-time, one-year scholarship. The scholarship was extended for two additional years.

Just prior to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, Mottola was drafted into the Army. His 164th Infantry Regiment was attached to the First Marines, which fought at Guadalcanal. Mottola created for himself many opportunities to sketch his Army experiences, including fellow soldiers and pilots engaged in battle at Guadalcanal. Because of wounds and malaria, Filastro got an early discharge from the Army in late 1943.

After his recovery, Mottola returned to Otis to visit his former teachers, whom he now considered friends. Wanting to prepare Mottola for a teaching position at Otis, Roscoe Shrader offered him a lifetime scholarship painting from the model and an opportunity to take over Donna Schuster’s Saturday class, who desired to leave her position. Anxious to make a livelihood as an independent artist, Filastro declined the offers.

In 1949 Mottola went to work as a story sketch artist for the Disney Studios. In 1961 he made the decision to leave Disney and commit himself to a life of painting and selling his own art.

During his long career, Filastro worked in many mediums, including ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and oil, believing that each one could offer something unique that would not be duplicated in another medium. Over the years he painted plein-air in many locations, such as Italy, France, small towns in Mexico, the Mother Lode country, the Southwest, the Northeast and the California coastal cities of San Francisco, Monterey, and Laguna Beach. His brushwork ranges from tight strokes, creating smooth surfaces to loose, free strokes, creating surfaces with full textures. Regardless of style, the use of rich, saturated colors is a hallmark of his oil painting.

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