Born in Italy, yet raised in Canada, Chiarina began her professional career as an occupational therapist after receiving her degree from McGill University. After several years she moved abroad, accompanying her husband on his numerous assignments as an international banker. Over the course of nearly two decades they moved all over the world, with more than half of the time spent in Asia. While abroad Chiarina continued to work as an OT, taught English, ran children’s playgroups, wrote for a magazine, did design and illustration work and taught Italian cooking courses, all while meeting the challenges of making a home for her husband and two children in numerous foreign lands. It was during her sojourn abroad that she was able to seriously indulge in her first love, art, studying under several wonderful teachers both abroad and at home.
Chiarina is now back in Canada, living in Victoria, BC, and working and involving herself with the local art community. She is a member of the juried, semi-annual Stinking Fish Studio Tour and teaches printmaking out of The School House Studio in Metchosin. She is now a multi-award winning artist working in printmaking, watercolour and book arts.
Chiarina finds living in the rural, coastal community of Metchosin on Vancouver Island to be a blessing as she finds inspiration in the beauty of the place, the warmth of its people and the thriving artistic community there.
Chiarina’s artwork can be viewed in The School House Studio, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and in the various shows she participates in throughout the year.
Chiarina’s artwork is in private collections in Canada, Japan, the USA, England and Hungary.