Name: Urania Christy Tarbet, PSA
Bio: As a child, Urania Christy Tarbet was greatly influenced by her famous cousin, Howard Chandler Christy, noted illustrator and portrait artist. “As a young girl my mother and I visited his studio,” she says. “The wonderful smell of the paint, the finished and unfinished paintings, the model stand, and the general feeling of the whole art scene filled my young soul with joy. I knew then that I wanted to be an artist." Her formal art education began at Pasadena College in Southern California; followed by two years of intense studies at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles and the Sergei Bongart School of Art, Santa Monica. Workshops with nationally known artists including Joyce Pike, Albert Handell, Daniel Greene, and Claude Ellington (portraits) served to hone and refine her skills. Urania's work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, France, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Mary and Fred Trump Award, the Flax Award Women Artists of the West, and the Pastel Award of Excellence. She has conducted pastel and oil workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Italy and Scotland. Her work is included in ten how-to-art books; and has been the subject of many articles published in the American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, Art Review, Leisure Painter, Designer's Illustrated and Sacramento Home. Urania is represented in print by Aaron Ashley, New York. She is on the editorial board of the Pastel Journal.
An El Dorado County resident of 25 years, Urania is a member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature and Life Member of the Salmagundi Club, Artist Member of the California Art Club, Pasadena, and of Knickerbocker Artists, and Signature Member both of the Pastel Society of Canada, and the National League of American Pen Women, Artist and Writer Member of the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies; on top of all that she holds honorary memberships in numerous Pastel Societies.
Urania is the Founder/President Emeritus of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), established in 1994.
Medium: Pastel. Oil.
Subjects: Landscape; Floral.
Style: Representational. Tarbet says that the French Impressionists have had the most influence on her work. And her dream came true when she painted in Monet’s Garden in Giverny.
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