DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Serena Buschi is a living art exhibit -- bursting with expressions of her career, family and artistic talent -- she seems to have boundless energy.
While occupying her days as a full-time art teacher at Dobbs Ferry Middle and High School and a fulltime mother, Buschi is currently showing her own art work at the Flatiron Prow in Manhattan in the "Flora Sutra" exhibit.
"Flora Sutra came about because of my gallery representative Cheryl McGinnis who has been curating the Sprint Flatiron Prow Art Space for two years now," Buschi said. ""This show was the perfect opportunity," she said. "I have begun to incorporate sewing as a media element in my paintings."
Buschi began as an artist in graduate school when she created her first real body of work called "Houses." The artist's connection to family is ever present in the materials and methods she uses in her work.
Although she doesn't claim a specific artistic style, Buschi describes herself as a mixed media artist.
"My work tends to have and revolve around vibrant color," she said. "I tend to have flowers somewhere but not always, sometimes birds. It's funny because many people have referred to the flowers at the Flatiron as birds."
Buschi's said her work expresses parallel themes that flow through her paintings, drawings, and installations with the Flora Sutra exhibit featuring textiles and embroidery.
Despite her teaching and parenting responsibilities, Buschi finds time to create. She was able to sew during lunch, and sometimes at meetings as well. She said it is very difficult (to manage time), especially with a three-year-old.
"I rarely have time for the studio unless it is in the summer," Buschi said. "That is why I chose to embroider for Flora Sutra. It was something I have been wanting to incorporate into my work so it felt right."
And she received some creative support from some of her students.
"I was grateful to have students volunteer for community service hours to embroider several of the pieces of panels on their own time," Buschi said. "I gave them a pieces with a drawing on it, taught them how to sew and they helped me get the work done. I don't think I would have gotten the work done in time without their help."
Flora Sutra L = T + V is on display through January 2014. For more info, check out Buschi's website