Mission Statement


My main goal is to create a piece of art that beautifully reflects your child. I strive to capture your child’s personality and emotion at that moment. Whether my medium is charcoal or pastel, I want my artwork to have energy and movement, to be alive. I do not want to simply duplicate a photograph. Instead, I aim to create a piece of art that is spirited, full of life, and wonderfully reflective of your individual child.

Excitement comes from capturing an honest moment, feeling, or expression. My inspiration is in the play of light on the face, the celebration of color, the twinkle in a child’s eye, the smirk on her face, perhaps the look of impish curiosity, the crinkle of the brow on his upset face, or the serious expression of a pensive child. I love to paint the full range of emotion, so not every portrait I paint is of a smiling child, but of course it can be! I also love to recreate that blissful expression of pure joy that often washes over the face of a child!

I pride myself on not painting stiff posed portraits. On the contrary, I want my portraits to be alive and expressive. Life is about emotion, expression and movement. My portraits celebrate this!

Adrian Giuliani was introduced to soft pastels by Flora Giffuni, the founder of the Pastel Society of America. She had the great fortune of studying with Flora during her teenage years. She loved the immediacy, flexibility and rich, vibrant colors pastels provided. Pastels became her medium. Her love for pastels continued at the Rhode Island School of Design, studying with masters such as Richard Merkin, and graduating with a BFA in Illustration in 1987. RISD is where she discovered her immense love for children’s pastel portraiture. Today, Adrian is passionately enjoying her pastel work, accepting children’s portrait commissions and frequently exhibiting. Her goal is always to capture an honest moment in time, creating portraits with energy, spirit and life. Adrian loves to paint portraits of children, because they are filled with expression and emotion! She is an active member in many pastel societies and has won numerous awards for her work.

 

RECENT HONORS & AWARDS

Adrian is proud to be a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Jersey and the Alabama Pastel Society.

Adrian was highly honored to have her piece, The Life of an Artist, juried into the Pastel Society of America 42nd Annual Exhibition, Enduring Brilliance, at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in NYC, August-September of 2014.

It was a great honor to have her pastel, Jami Swimming II, juried into the Pastel Society of America 41st Annual Exhibition, Enduring Brilliance, at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in NYC, August-September of 2013.

Her piece, Jami Swimming II, was featured in the UPenn, Frankly Penn blog, Who Knew? The Pastel Society of America. http://franklypenn.com/2013/10/07/who-knew-the-pastel-society-of-america/

Adrian was extremely honored to have her pastel, Childhood, selected for the IAPS 24th Annual Juried Exhibition at Vose Galleries in Boston, held May-June 2014.

Her piece, Jami Swimming II, was awarded the Pastel Society of America award in the 2014 Alabama Pastel Society National Exhibition. Three of her works were juried into this show.

An Award of Merit was given for her piece, Scooby, in the November 2014 Pastel Society of New Jersey Juried Exhibition at Crane’s Mill Gallery in West Caldwell, NJ.

Adrian was thrilled to have exhibited in the group show, Five Perspectives, in December 2013 and in the February group show, New Perspectives, at the Watchung Arts Center. She was also honored to have been invited to exhibit at the Fine Art at Chapel View show in May of 2014.

Adrian won Best of Show in the juried 2013 Alabama Pastel Society show at the Artist on the Bluff Center in Hoover, Alabama, for her portrait, Exuberance.

Exuberance was awarded First Place in the Portrait/Figurative Category of the June 2013 Pastel Society of New Jersey Member’s exhibition at the Livingston Gallery in Livingston, NJ.

Adrian was also honored to have her pastel, Childhood, win First Place in the Portrait/Figurative Category of the juried November 2013 Pastel Society of New Jersey exhibition.

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