Art / Denise Vitollo
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My pastel artworks explore color, and how it is influenced by light and shadow. My travels to locations such as Bonaire, Bermuda, and California during the past few years have greatly inspired my work and have assisted me in realizing my goal of conveying the intense pulsations and energy I feel in the world around me. An avid boater, paddle boarder, and snorkeler, I am obsessed with water and what goes on underneath it, through it, and on top of it. Many of my works are about the peaceful, meditative, and graceful movements of creatures that are found in fresh and salt water. Having spent my childhood summers on the Susquehanna River, I have fond memories of boats and all water-related activities.
Denise Vitollo holds a BFA in printmaking and an MEd in art education from the Pennsylvania State University, as well as an MFA in illustration from Syracuse University. When she is not painting water, Denise loves to work in plein air. For the past nine years, she has participated in Plein Air Brandywine, and has been a plein air artist with LandArt and Paint Snow Hill. She enjoys experimenting with mixed media in her studio and on location. Often, she combines watercolor and pastels, and printmaking with pastels.
Denise is a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America. She holds Signature Status with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Degas Pastel Society of NOLA, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Maryland Pastel Society. Over the past few years, she has been accepted to national and international juried shows at the PWCS, Pastel Society of America in NYC, International Association of Pastel Societies, Degas Pastel Society, the Connecticut Pastel Society’s Renaissance in Pastel, Maryland Pastel Society, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Recently, she has received awards from the Philadelphia Pastel Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Connecticut Pastel Society, Farm to Table Plein Air, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod exhibitions. Denise is the Vvice President of the Philadelphia Pastel Society, and is Workshop Director for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.
She has taught at the college and graduate school levels, and in private schools. Her work can be seen on her website, www.denisevitollo.com.