LUCILLE T. STILLMAN
"PORTRAIT OF A DANDY"
PASTEL LAID ON CANVAS, SIGNED
34 X 28 INCHES
Lucille Stillman's always wanted to be an artist. She started drawing as a little girl and was still painting at age ninety.
Chicago born, Stillman lived and worked in California, Connecticut and Arizona.
She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Academy of Fine Arts in California. She also studied in NYC with teachers at the National Academy of Fine Arts, the Arts Student's League and the College of Arts and Crafts.
Lucille Stillman's paintings evolve from a post- impressionistic tradition, but are tempered by her own poetic, sensitive realism. She described the artistic endeavor as a process of losing self in an effort to establish rapport with the subject. In a walk through her studio and its easy to see that her favorite genre is people, not portraiture, but people in their everyday, natural surroundings. People at work, in thought, at play; people alone or with others.
Her paintings are psychological portraits where personal character and self-realization surface. Occasionally she hired models, sometimes friends. Over the years she has painted her children and her grandchildren capturing poignant moments and important events in the life cycle of the Stillman family.
Her travels around the world and throughout the United States inspired her work.
Stillman painted in Monet's garden at Giverny and along the Normandy and Brittany coasts. With paintbox and canvas in hand she traveled to Russia, the Orient, India and Morocco. Her landscapes capture the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, the heat of the tropics, the color and costume of native peoples from Central America to the American Southwest. With warmth of sun and depth of shadow, in vibrant color and fluid movement her landscapes have an immediacy that transports the observer.
AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION:
Master Pastellist Honor, Pastel Society of America 2003Honored Member, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 1995 Fellowship, American Artists Professional League 1995The Creative Hands Award, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 1990 Master Pastellist, Oil Pastel Society 1987 Certificate of Appreciation, UNICEF 1984 Gold Medal, National League of American Pen Women Solveig Stromsol Polimer Merit Award, National Association of Women Artists Thora M. Jensen Memorial Award, Hudson Valley Art Association Who’s Who in American Art, American Biographical Institute World’s Who’s Who of Women, American Biographical Institute ASSOCIATIONS American Artists Professional League Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC)Hudson Valley Art Association National Arts Club National Association of Women Arists (NAWA)National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)Pastel Society of America (PSA)