Artist Statement
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*Cesare Borgia Art School 1972-1976
Beginning techniques in the old masters tradition of Academic Realism, using the Reilly principles in      
Figure and Portriat drawing and painting    
*The Reilly League of Artists Inc. 1976-1986
Continued in strong academic studies with Cesare Borgia. To include; Portrait, Figure, Picture
making, Still Life and Landscapes, in various mediums and styles
*Attended Hunter College 1976 for Art History Studies
*Extended Watercolor Landscape Workshop 1989: With Guy Corriero, Art Professor at Herkimer
County       College
*Extended Portrait Workshop 1991 : With James Childs, National Academy of Design, NYC
*Independent studies at The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1970-2005, through Lecture Series and
Gallery Talks
*Stevenson Academy 2006
Two Semesters of drawing and painting under Illustrator Attilla Hejja, Attilla was a student of  
Harold Ransom Stevenson.  Mr. Stevenson was a student of Norman Rockwell   
2009 : Juliette Artistides - Figure Drawing
2009 : Max Ginsburg - Portriat/Oil
2009 : Dan Slapo  - Portraits/Pastel
2012 : Howard Rose - Landscape/Oil
*Demonstration/Lecture Series
2009 :  Max Ginsburg - Portrait/Oil
2010 : Joel Spector - Portrait/Pastel
2011 :  Howard Rose - Landscape/Oil
2011 :  Rob Silverman - Portrait/Oil


*The Reilly League of Artists Inc:
Assistant instructor: to beginners, basic portrait painting 1984-1986
Instructor: all levels, portrait painting 2001-2004
Instructor: Monthly Portrait Workshops, all levels 2004/2005
*Private Instruction in my personal studio:  1997-2019
Course of study covers: Still Life, Landscape, Portrait and Figure
Basic drawing to beginners and intermediate levels
Painting techniques in oil or pastel
Basic color, perspective and composition
*Gallery North Workshops:  2012, 2013,2014,2015

President of the Reilly League of Artists 1982, 1983.
Judge for the Westchester Beaux Arts Final 1984
Judge for The 11th Annual Multimedia Art Show, Town of Brookhaven 2007

American Artist Professional League Inc.  *   Oil Painters of America
Salmagundi Club                                          *   American Women Artists                             
Portrait Society of America                          *  Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club                             
Audubon Artists                                            *   Huntington Arts Council                                 
Art League of Nassau County                       *  Suburban Art League                              
Art League of Long Island                             *  Gallery North  
LI Professional Artists Showcase                                           
American Artist Professional League  *  Salmagundi Club * CLWolfe Art Club * Oil Painters of America *
Suburban Art League  *   *LI Museum *  Setauket Artists Group  *   Art League of Nassau County
Huntington Arts Council *  Gallery North  * Art League of LI * Long Island Museum
* Reboli Center

The Atelier at Flowerfield                                  *           Oil Painters of America/Eastern Regional
Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists            *           The American Artist Professional League, Inc.
Catherine Lorrillard Wolfe Art Club                 *           Audubon Artists
Huntington Arts Council                                    *           Art League of LI
American Women Artists                                   *          
 Arts Council of the East Islip Public Library
Trapani Fine Art Gallery                                    *
          LI Museum of American Art, History & Carriages  
Smithtown Township Arts Council                    *           Phoenix Fine Art Gallery
Rye Arts Center Gallery                                     *           Upstream Gallery
Limner Gallery, NYC                                           *           New Rochelle Art Association
Pastel Society of America                                   *          Kent Art Association, Ct
Mamaroneck Artists Guild, National Open        *           Hudson Valley Art Association
The Art Guild

American Artists Professional League                                    2018-2014
International ARC Salon/Finalist                                             2015
Oil Painters of America Showcase Competition                     2018-2013
American Women Artists/Mbr Juried Competition                 2013


36th Setauket Artist                                                                 2018, 2016
American Artists Professional League                                   2016, 2015,2014
Suburban Art League                                                              201
North Shore Art Guild                                                              2015, 2013
Huntington Arts Council                                                          2014
Art League of LI                                                                        2013
Art League Of Nassau County                                                 2018,2017,2013, 2012
Wet Paints Studio Group                                                         2011, 2008
Brookhaven Arts & Humanities Council                                 2008, 2006
Pastel Society of America; Salmagundi Award                      1996
New Rochelle Art Association; Third Prize-oil                        1986

PRIVATE COLLECTION                       
Stony Brook University Medical Center Permanent Art Collection
Mather Hospital
Artist Statement

I was inspired to become an artist in my early years of employment at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While
wandering the great halls of the Metropolitan I was immensely intrigued by the great masters and the style of
realism, with a particularly strong affinity for the works of Velazquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens and David, just
to name a few.  Therefore, I sought my education in the masters tradition of Academic Realism focusing on
Portraiture in various mediums and styles.  

Although Impressionism and Modern art were popular, I kept to my hearts desire to study and paint like the
masters.  In a time when training in the visual arts was limited, I was fortunate to find Cesare Borgia, whom in 1972
became my teacher and mentor for many years to come. Mr. Borgia had a stellar background for he had studied
under Frank Reilly.  Mr. Reilly, a highly successful illustrator, was considered an expert in the teachings of
Academic Realism and taught for 29 years at The Art Students League in NYC.  A few years after the death of Mr.
Reilly, Mr. Borgia started his own school (Cesare Borgia Art School) as he wanted the Reilly tradition to continue.
The school was later renamed: The Reilly League of Artists, Inc. as a not-for-profit art league.   Mr. Borgia
continued teaching, with a strong emphasis on portrait/figure drawing and painting from life. As well as working from
casts, still life and copying old masters.  Picture making, landscapes, color, perspective and composition were also
taught.  Cesare did not limit our education to the old masters, but also to so many great masters of the 1800’s into
the early 1900’s.  I was in awe of the beautiful works of Bouguereau,
Alma-Tadema, Sargent, Sorolla and Paxton, some of my favorites.

I was only able to study part-time, but I immersed myself every week day night for almost 20 years studying,
researching, exhibiting, and developing my artistic skills. While an advanced student, I was given the opportunity
and challenge to assist new students with basic portrait techniques in oil.  As the years progressed and Mr. Borgia’s
teaching time became limited I took over teaching the basics, critiquing and encouraging students in the week-end
portrait sessions. It was then the desire to teach entered my heart.  Eventually, I started instructing interested
students in a series of portrait workshops at the League.     

Art is my passion - I continue my independent studies through various Workshops and Demonstration Lecture
series, as I believe an art education is a lifetime adventure. I  enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge of
traditional realism and am especially pleased at the resurgence of this genre of art so evident today.

Whether working in my studio alone, or in painting/sketch groups, or outdoors, I love being able to dedicate each
and every day to the ‘art of creating’.