Corrina Moneta Dooley
Manx born Illustrator, Designer, Mixed Media & Fantasy Artist
Born in 1952 on the Isle of Man.
Corrina Moneta Dooley is the daughter of the late Giovanni Moneta, an accomplished artist originally from the Island of Elba. Giovanni was interned at the Metropole Camp on the Isle of Man during World War II. During this time, he was befriended by a young nurse called Margaret Cannell and it was through their common love of the Arts that, their love grew and eventually they married and raised a family on the Island.
From an early age their daughter Corrina was encouraged to embrace her creative side and Margaret and Corrina’s Aunt Molly would take Corrina to Art galleries, Museums and places of artistic beauty, often off-island.
Following on from this early introduction into the wonderful world of Art and creativity, Corrina always aspired to become an artist like her father Giovanni and so she studied at the Isle of Man college for a period of time, until her marriage to Charlie Dooley and the birth of her first child gave her new priorities. However, she has always maintained her love of Art and in recent years despite her disability and the sad loss of her beloved Charlie, has become even more determined.
Corrina has Parkinson’s disease with severe physical tremors, partial loss of speech and bouts of painful cramps and spasms. Yet despite this, Corrina continues to remain steadfast in her determination to produce artwork. Through her art she expresses a unique view of the world around her, but she must fight her often uncontrollable hand tremors to do so!
At the age of 60 following years of coping with her Parkinson’s and associated problems, she has produced artwork for her first ever exhibition! Her art defines her, helps her to cope with life and gives her an immense sense of achievement.
When asked “Corrina likened the creation of her art as being like someone riding a bicycle downhill at speed, whilst also trying to paint!”
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