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Rita’s artistic journey commenced during her twenties when she found her passion in creating pencil and charcoal portraits for her friends and family. This experience served as the cornerstone of her artistic development, allowing her to grasp the importance of correct color values in her drawings.

Originally from Michigan, Rita became well-versed in the printing industry as a
successful graphic designer. Having retired, Rita resides alongside her husband in the town of Mt. Pleasant, SC. Most of her days are dedicated to her artistic passion in her art studio. Soft pastel has taken a central role in her artistic expression, becoming her beloved medium of choice. The vivid and delicate qualities of soft pastels have resonated deeply with her, allowing her art to flourish.

Initially, Rita explored her talent by capturing the essence of beloved pets through her pet portraits. Over time, her interests expanded to include captivating wildlife birds, animals, and serene landscapes. Her artistic creations are characterized by intricate details and a remarkable sense of realism, capturing her subjects' inherent beauty and harmony. She brings along her Nikon camera on day trips seeking opportunities to photograph egrets, osprey, herons, and other species of the Lowcountry for painting inspiration.

Rita’s journey as an artist has been a testament to her unwavering dedication to art, continuously striving to push the boundaries of her creativity and skill. Her artistic expressions invite viewers to immerse themselves in the intricacies her paintings bring to life.

She is a member of the South Carolina Pastel Society, the Mt. Pleasant Artist Guild and exhibits her work at the Perspective Gallery, 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 50, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Call the gallery at 843-800-5025 to inquire and/or purchase her original artwork. You may also complete the contact form with a brief message and the artist will contact you.

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