Eve Troncone has the perfect antidote for a gray day in Syracuse: bold splashes of color, liberally applied with a brush. As a painter and interior designer, Troncone uses color to energize home interiors, home furnishings, and her distinctive plaster relief canvasses. Even her suburban home gets frequent makeovers; its current palette is a mix of sunny Mediterranean hues.
From the time she moved here from New York City, Tronconewho's also a producer, composer, pianist, and vocalisthas been pleasantly surprised by Syracuse's creative energy. "When I was studying telecommunications at Newhouse, creativity was a way of life," she says. "Once I graduated, my creative connections kept growing through my art. You have every arts organization and outlet you could want here; it's just on a smaller scale than in New York."
Troncone's art includes bold paintingsoften of childrenplus painted antiques, pottery, and fabric. One of her paintings was licensed to Literacy Volunteers of America and appears on two million bookmarks. Another is installed at the Burnet Park Zoo.
Troncone recently branched out into interior design. This spring, her work will be featured in Syracuse's annual Parade of Homes. Her dramatic use of color has become her signature. "Where there's color, there's life," she believes. "People respond almost spiritually to color. When the sky is white in Syracuse, it inspires me to paint."
Troncone plans her creative ventures around the busy schedules of her three children. They live in Manlius, a Syracuse suburb that "feels like one big family, it's so centered around kids," she says. "This is such a safe, wholesome, welcoming place to raise children.
"When they're grown, I may move out of the suburbs," admits Troncone. Closer to the heart of the city? "No, probably farther out," she says, "where I can have some horses, more land, and more room to create."