March has just started, and I am already feeling very lucky! Last weekend, the jury of the Beaux-Arts exhibition and competition that took place at Bronxville Women’s Club has awarded the prestigious third place to one of my oil paintings, Giselle:

Giselle at the Bronxville Women’s Club Beaux Arts Exhibition 2019

The award-winning work is a large-scale portrait of a girl alpaca, one of the two pendant pieces that drew a lot of heart-warming comments from people visiting the exhibition:

Sebastian and Giselle, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
One of the exhibition walls at Bronxville Women’s Club, Beaux Arts Exhibition 2019

I was very honored to receive the award, as the Beaux Arts competition is a very well-established tradition in Westchester that was started in the 1940s, and is judged by leading New York based artists. Therefore, it always attracts a range of distinguished artists who exhibit their work at the exhibition, and it is a great privilege for me to be able to show my work alongside theirs, and to win the award. That was my first reason to celebrate!

With my husband Paul at the Reception at Bronxville Women’s Club last Sunday

Another exciting event that fills my heart with joy was the invitation I received from the Cosmopolitan Art Gallery in San Diego, who offered me to represent me as an artist in California:

Cosmopolitan Fine Art Gallery in La Jolla, San Diego

I sent them two works that will now be available for sale through the gallery, and it humbles me to think that my paintings are now displayed next to works by legendary artists like Cortes and Morro:

Inside the Cosmopolitan Fine Art Gallery

It is very fulfilling to think that my work is now available on the West Coast as well as here on the East Coast, in Asia and in Europe.

I am now working on a series of Japan-inspired paintings, which will feature gold leaf, pine trees, and irregular formats and media. Life is beautiful, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your ongoing support and encouragement!