Art in the Style of Life

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Elizabeth Smolinski, a Woodbridge, Connecticut resident, grew up in New Haven and developed an early interest in art, thanks to the encouragement of her parents and teachers at an arts magnet school. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, she attended Central Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Art Education. She then earned a Master's Degree in Education from Walden University. Her teaching career began at Ridgefield High School, where she taught studio art and computer art classes for four years. She now teaches 9th grade Video Production at Amity Regional High School. Her involvement in the community also includes her role as a cantor and choir member at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Woodbridge. She and her husband Keith (also a teacher) are grateful for the relationships they have made through their artistic and musical endeavors in the Amity community.

Elizabeth's artwork has been shown at the Samuel T. Chen gallery at CCSU in New Britain, the Creative Arts Workshop, the Orange Public Library, and the Long Wharf Theater. Balancing a teacher's schedule and her artwork is challenging, but Elizabeth sees painting and drawing as a necessity in her life. Her favorite subject matter is her family and friends, and she prefers to work from candid photographs of them. Often, travel influences her work, and elements of recent trips to Italy and California can be seen in some of her artwork. Elizabeth's main artistic influences have been Edward Hopper, Maxfield Parish, and Norman Rockwell. Elizabeth enjoys working in oil, charcoal, and watercolor, but considers her knowledge of art media to be well rounded, thanks to her art education training. Elizabeth hopes you enjoy her works and any interest or questions about any of them can be emailed directly to Elizabeth.