The Mea Culpa series is more about feeling than a specific vision. I attempt to use mark-making, color, and surface to explore the emotions I need to convey. I never know when they will be finished until that moment when they resonate with me.

These pieces are created with oil pastel on a smooth paper. The material is very important to me. By eliminating the brush, I use the oil pastel and my fingers to lay down the color and manipulate it on the surface. The modeling process is important in transferring the desired emotion. The physicality of my approach ranges from large, rough movements to thin, delicate touches.

Vincent Salvati holds a Master’s degree in art from William Paterson University as well as undergraduate degrees from Montclair State University and Pratt Institute. His work has been exhibited in both New Jersey and New York City galleries and on various web sites including and