Me and Papi


Andrea Gianchiglia, local artist of Califon, New Jersey, graduated from the Hartford Art school receiving her BFA in illustration with a minor in art history. Andrea works as a full time artist with private commissions and freelance illustration, as well as an art instructor at various art facilities throughout New Jersey. She teaches both adults and children at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, The Center for Contemporary Art, the Hunterdon Art Museum and conducts private lessons at her private studio.

Andrea’s paintings lean toward the realism style of painting, focusing on her true passion animal and wildlife art, as well as rural themed still life’s. Most of her collection is made up of oil paintings, however Andrea works in all mediums including as watercolor, pastels, acrylics, graphite, charcoal, scratchboard, and colored pencils. She has had both individual and group shows throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area, along with various national juried shows where she has won several awards for her specialty, animal portraiture. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, the Pastel Society of America, The Salmagundi Club, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.

If interested in viewing her portfolio, commissioning a custom piece of your own, or learning more about her, visit her website.

Click  here  to see my resume: RESUME

Artist Statement

Every animal  portrait I paint comes from the love and compassion I have for them, and in a way it commemorates them and how much they do for us physically, mentally and spiritually. Working in a realistic style, I’m able to capture to capture every nuance that makes your pet unique and special. From the fur, specific markings, and to the eyes, I’m able to recreate the animals soul looking back at you.

Creating a portrait of an animal is more than just painting a pretty picture. Painting animals, especially pets are my passion, because after all they aren’t just pets, they are family! Meeting the animal and getting to know their personality, along with any subtle details only a visit in person can see is one of my favorite steps in portraiture. I am not always able to meet the animal in person (distance, animal has passed to the Rainbow Bridge), so having the pets family share stories about their animal helps me know them just a little better before I begin  a painting to honor them forever.

One thought on “Bio/Statement

  1. Hi Andrea
    i would like to take the class in Summit. I also paint alot of animals so this would be a great addition to my skill set. Thank you for suggesting it.
    Audrey Clymer

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