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As an artist Ardith paints with beautiful realism and tenderness, allowing her paintings to look as thought they could breathe, often prompting viewers to lean in closer, wishing they could reach out and touch them. Mixing realism with surrealism Ardith enjoys building complex compositions and working in painstaking detail. She will spend months on each piece, building layers of paint as the figures begin to glow. Unlike many artists, she is never out of ideas, and keeps a long running list of future paintings to complete.
Ardith has not only won countless awards, but she also is an Art Renewal Center Living Master, and a member of Oil Painters of America, a signature member of the International Guild of Realism, and a signature member of the Portrait Society of America. She in nationally collected both privately and publicly, as well as being in the White House Collection in Washington, D.C..
Portraits and figurative paintings are a work of passion for artist Ardith Starostka. Beginning at the age of twelve, Ardith has had the desire to create works of art that capture the likeness of the human face and form. Basically self taught, Ardith found her inspiration in museums through the works of 19th century French academic painter William Adolphe Bouguereau and Dutch artist Rembrandt. Ardith is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and an Associates degree in Art. Ardith has continued her education in fine art by attending workshops with distinguished artists, Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene and Richard Whitney.
With skilled craftsmanship and a keen eye for detail, Ardith portrays her subjects in a extraordinary realistic style with primarily oils, but also paints in pastel and watercolor. Ardith was chosen from over 30,000 artists to create a piece for a special meeting at the White House in 1995. With her building success in painting portraits, she stepped into the art world full time in 2000. That year she won top honors at the Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition. In 2001 she was named ‘A rising star in the firmament of American Portraiture” by The Artist Magazine and won First Place & People’s Choice Award at Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition.
In 2009, Ardith was selected for Signature Membership in the prestigious organization International Guild of Realism and also was awarded Master Signature membership in the American Women Artists. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, American Society of Traditional Artists, Master Signature Member of Mid America Pastel Society, and Master Signature Member of Pastel Society of America.