Fitzgibbon is a self-taught multi-media artist. “Raised in a creative family with a variety of artistic talents, there was never a time when I don’t remember someone being creative, be it through fiber arts, wood, paint, clay, music, fashion, etc. My first recollection of creating stems from Kindergarten when I finger-painted a picture with a giraffe eating out of a tree. It won a prize and the opportunity to hang in a local show,” she states.
Learning new techniques with new mediums is primary to Fitzgibbon’s artistic development. She says, “To Create! To always continue to learn new techniques and various forms of creativity and incorporate them within the fields I now pursue. A challenge excites me, and I feel I can only receive increased satisfaction within my art as long as the learning process sustains and stimulates.”
She works with clay in hand building vessels and also slip cast clay that is poured into a mold and dried Both forms are low fired and then decorated with a variety of mediums from acrylics to eggshells to cording, etc. Her latest pieces are painted and collaged vessels with ornate lids.
Fitzgibbon started showing pieces in small weekend shows. She went from the weekend shows to monthly shows, galleries, co-ops and the Art Walk in Toledo. She has donated work for various charities, twice creating works of art for the auction at the Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for Samaritan Hospital foundation. She has shown displays of work in TLC Federal Credit Unions from Newport to Astoria.
Fitzgibbon has shown her work at the Visual Arts Center – It’s Not Just Another Doll Show in 1999 and As the Spirit Moves in 2003 and as the 12th artist in the newly created showcase forum. Her work has been exhibited in many Wild Woman Shows at the River Gallery in Monmouth, the Skybound Gallery exhibits in Toledo, the Home Studio Art, the Becky Miller Studio/Gallery “We’re BACK” shows, Sola Luna Gallery, For Artsake Gallery and Pacific Artists co-op in Lincoln City. She has participated 4 times in the Annual Toledo Art Walk and had a showing in her own studio in 2012.