Ariana Richards possessed a love of traditional art at an early age. An internationally noted actress, known especially for her role as “Lex” in Jurassic Park, she went on to Skidmore College to earn a B.S. Degree in Fine Art and Drama, with distinction.
She continued with instruction at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and has been mentored by some of the finest names in Contemporary Impressionist art.
Art has long been a tradition in Ariana Richards’ family. Her own genealogy can be traced back to the early Italian Renaissance with Carlo Crivelli, a contemporary of Botticelli. Ariana’s ongoing work shows the classical influence of the Old Masters, along with the dynamics of Impressionist artists, most notably Monet and Degas.
She draws inspiration from historic painters such as John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Mary Cassatt, and Joaquin Sorolla.
Though Ariana paints works for occasional exhibitions, currently she focuses on painting special pieces by commission for individuals.
Scores of media interviewers asked, “What can she possibly do as a follow up to her film career?”
She hasn’t disappointed them. Ariana is an award-winning artist, has been featured in many art magazines, and has already become one of the most celebrated young artists of our time, known among her collectors for her evocative figures and landscapes.
She is also a member of the Portrait Society of America, and is a Member of the California Art Club est. 1909.
– Louis & Julie M., Hadley, NY ~ Production Test Manager, Espey Mfg & Electronics Corp
Early Italian Painter
Venetian (active 1457-1493)
“My maternal grandmother, born Alma Giovanna Crivelli, would have been given one of Carlo Crivelli’s original paintings held in keeping by the Crivelli family for Crivelli daughters had she married in Italy. Because she married William Otto Garrison in 1943 during WWII in Ross, California, she was not able to receive her inheritance. Shortly thereafter, the Nazis confiscated the paintings of the Old Masters, the Crivelli paintings among them.”
– Ariana Richards
This piece, “Madonna and Child”, resides at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The following description of the painting was published in 1960.
“Madonna and Child” – by Fern Rusk Shapley Washington D. C. National Gallery of Art (1960)
Crivelli’s Madonna is reminiscent of the Hodegetria type (wherein the Virgin is represented as “She who points the Way,” as the Madonna’s left hand points towards the Child Jesus, Saviour of Mankind.) The Virgin’s gestures of affection in this painting are those of the Glykophilousa, “She who is sweetly loving.” The Child is still very solemn, and He makes the sign of blessing. But He clings to His mother with His left arm, and she presses her face against His. The graceful, curving lines. inherited from the Gothic style, are appropriate for expressing this tender relationship. Suitable also are the detail which relate the holy figures to our familiar world. The cherry dropped casually on the parapet and the apples and pears hung on the wall suggest—quite apart from the Christian symbolism—a healthy attention to daily needs. The red silk cloth spread on the parapet reminds us of the tidiness and comfort of home.
All these accessories serve a decorative purpose also. As we like to arrange fruits in baskets and bowls, so Renaissance artists bound them together in festoons and garlands. Crivelli displays these against a traditional gold background, which harmonizes with the rich brocades of jewelry in which he decks his figures. Even the hair of the Virgin is made to look like strands of gold, and the smooth flesh seems as firm as marble. Here, as frequently in Northern painting, technical excellence, in itself, affords much pleasure. We delight in the simulation of jewel, luxuriant brocade, and watered silk, in the masterly drawing of the clean-cut contour lines throughout.
Curriculum Vitae ~ Ariana Richards
- 2001 – 2004
First young female artist invited to prestigious California Art Club, est 1909
Intensive mentoring with the most acclaimed Traditional and Impressionist artists in the United States–
- 2002 – 2003
Art Center College of Design
Anatomy for Art Drawing and Sculpture
Professor: Rey Bustos.–
- 1997 – 2001
Skidmore College, New York
Bachelors Degree – Fine Art and Drama–
- 1992 – 1996
Private tutoring in Classical Drawing, Painting Methods, Work from Live Model
Tutor: Rey Bustos
(Acclaimed professor from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, and instructor for Disney Animation Studios)
- 2013 – National Competition Winner,
“Official Artist for the Children for Children Organization ~ Interpretational Painting of Music”–
- 2009 – Award Winner at “Annual Members Showcase Competition”
National association, Portrait Society of America–
- 2008 – Awarded “Judges Choice” for oil painting
2nd Annual International Raymar Art Competition 2008–
- 2006 – Art of the West Award of Excellence, Blue Ribbon Winner
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Competition–
- 2005 – 1st Place in the National Oil Painting Competition, American Artist magazine–
- 2003 – People’s Choice Award at the Wine Country Exhibition, Napa Valley–
- 2001 – Painter of the Year Award from the Media Arts Institute and Moorpark College
Ariana Richards is an award winning artist who is recognized as one of the “Young Guns” in the world-wide contemporary traditional art community.
She has already received numerous national & international painting awards. Ariana is a member of the Portrait Society of America, and is a Mentor Member of the California Art Club.
Below we have listed some of the art awards Ariana has won, accompanied by the painting for which the award was presented.
– Darren Makin, United Kingdom
Photograph of Ariana Richards with judge William Scott Jennings.
Here she is pictured receiving the Oil Painters of America Award of Excellence.
Here are some of Ariana’s art awards
Oil ~ 12×9 inches
International Competition Winner
Ariana was awarded the position of, “Official Artist for the Children for Children Organization ~ Interpretational Painting of Music”, by the founder of the International Music Syndicate after winning a national competition.
“Lady of the Flowers”
Oil ~ 24×16 inches
Ariana was among the artists receiving awards in the Annual Members Showcase Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America.
Oil ~ 18×14 inches
Ariana’s oil painting entitled “Tropical Dawn” received high honors in the 2nd Annual International Raymar Art Competition 2008.
“Forget Me Not”
Oil ~ 16×12 inches
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Competition, Art of the West Award of Excellence, Blue Ribbon Winner.
“Lady of the Dahlias”
Oil ~ 30×24 inches
1st Place in the National Oil Painting Competition sponsored by American Artist magazine.
Giclée Print on Canvas Available
“In the Early Light”
Oil ~ 20×16 inches
People’s Choice Award at the Wine Country Exhibition at Napa, on the grounds of Clos Pegase Winery.
“Under the Magnolia”
Oil ~ 20×16 inches
Ariana’s oil painting was awarded the cover of the acclaimed art magazine, American Artist.
Painter of the Year Award from the Media Arts Institute and Moorpark College.
Working with Ariana
Working with Ariana
All commissioned paintings by artist, Ariana Richards, are created through close collaboration—each painting is begun with a personal visit with the artist, or from a distance.
For those who won’t be traveling, telephone and Skype or Skype video provide excellent modes for Ariana to get to know you. The process includes a meeting (in person or virtually) with Ariana, photographs, color studies, and conversations—all essential to creating a keepsake to be treasured for generations.
Of all the paintings that Ariana Richards offers, her commissioned pieces are fast becoming a favorite among collectors worldwide. Through the classical skills handed down from Old World masters, she has the ability to bring a sense of the subject’s special presence to the canvas.
– Beverly & David K., Los Angeles, CA ~ Wealth Management Advisor
Whether the painting is created with the natural light or an indoor setting, or within the changing lights of nature—providing a tangible and remarkable sense of person and place is the gift Ariana brings.
A Featured Offering ~ Heritage Child Portrait
Childhood is magical, yet all too fleeting. This portrait is a special experience to have you and your child work one on one with Ariana wherever you are in the world. Using her signature brushwork and the finest oil paint, Ariana creates a unique impressionistic painting of your child capturing their special expression.
The portrait is perfect for any wall in your home with its 10×8 inch canvas size. And better yet, Ariana has asked us to keep the price below $1,000. For international customers, we ship worldwide.
Requesting a Painting
If you have a specific portrait or painting commission question, or if you need pricing information, please feel free to submit your inquiry via: Request a Painting
A small number of Ariana’s completed works in oil are also available.
To inquire about these available paintings: Contact Us
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“You have touched the hearts of those you have shared your talent with.”
“The beautiful portrait that you did last summer for me is one of my greatest treasures.”
“We wake up each morning and see your painting- it brings us a lot of joy.”
Marvin and Carol L., Studio City, CA
“I still sigh and give thanks for my beautiful portrait every time I see it!”
“It is amazing to see something so beautiful represent me.”
Wealth Management Advisor
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“I wish I could put into words the emotions that you put onto canvas.”
“You have a very gifted play with light, particularly your ability to project warmth.”
“We just opened the painting!!! It looks even more incredible in person.”
“You have really captured our daughter’s essence. You were the perfect artist to paint her portrait.”
“So glad to have been able to share in your creative process.”