The Arts

By Kristen Catalanotto
November 6, 2003

Jenna Lewandowski

With a few strokes of his paintbrush, senior Dan Varra is creating oil paintings that have brought him much recognition.

Dan Varra, a fine arts major, has been getting a lot of attention due to his talent of painting colorful pieces of art that catch a passersby eye. Varra, who attended Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Pa., did not originally enter Cabrini as a fine arts major. He came to Cabrini for the graphic design program. It was not until he noticed his talent and interest in painting that he switched his major to fine arts.

“Lisa Learner told me I should go for it. I always liked it, but I was never sure that I would be good enough to make it,” Varra said.

His father also had a part in encouraging him to pursue what he really loved to do. “He knew that I did not love graphic design and therefore could never be as good as those who did love it. He told me to go for what I liked best,” Varra said.

Varra is not the only member of his family who enjoys expressing their artistic ability. Varra’s mother likes to express herself through an art in which she creates pictures drawn with one continuous line, “She likes to do that on the side,” Varra said.

Within the last year, Varra has sold two of his paintings. A Cabrini College trustee, Robert D’Anjolell, noticed his talent as a painter and asked him to create a painting based on Itzchak Tarkay’s “Springtime Caf

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