About The Teacher

Whether she is painting figures, landscapes, or still lifes, Vianna is known for her expressive use of color that captures a moment in time. She works in pastel, oil and watercolor. She is best known for her sensitive portraiture, which has earned her commissions and national recognition. Vianna exhibits regularly in national juried shows including the Pastel Society of America, The Portrait Society of America, and Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society. She has been published in Pastel Journal as an award winner in the Pastel 100 competition in 2010, 2011, and 2013 and as the featured artist in the June 2014. Her work is in private and public collections around the country and can be purchased through galleries, or online through her website. Vianna is passionate about teaching and she offers a variety of workshops as well as private lessons and mentoring. Vianna has taught workshops around the country and taught figurative and landscape in Italy. She has a BS in Education from Eastern Michigan University but credits her art education to books, long hours at the easel, and the generosity of talented friends. Vianna is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has achieved Distinguished Pastellist status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle in 2011 and achieved Eminent Pastelist status in 2015. She has acted as a juror in shows including the Pastel Society of the West Coast, The International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Figurative/Portrait Juror for the Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 competition. Vianna lives with her husband, Mark, in Romeo, MI. They have two grown children, Shawn and Anna, who have served as her models and inspiration.

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