Aida Garrity discovered her passion for painting at the tender age of five when her mother, Luisa Quintero, enrolled her in children’s art classes at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela. Although her heart lied in the arts, Aida’s commitment to excel in school took precedence and in 1974, she won a full-tuition scholarship to study at the Imperial College University of London where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering. In 2006, after thirty successful years in the engineering field, Aida decided pick up her paintbrushes and face the blank canvas that for so many years lay covered by a thin layer of plastic on her easel. With the encouragement of her family, Aida enrolled in the San Francisco Academy of Art University where she acquired her Masters in Fine Arts degree in 2010.
Inspired by life and beauty, Aida reflects her passion and interest in painting people by capturing and exploring their individual personalities, moods and emotions. And upon visiting the Norman Rockwell museum in Massachusetts, Aida was struck by Rockwell's skill in rendering a dramatic story using everyday scenes, and thus, she strives to capture the same kind of rich narrative in her scenes from everyday life.
Her work was selected by the jurors for inclusion in the 129 Members Annual Exhibition, Members Only Spring 2012, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Exhibition and Auction Shows at "The Salmagundi Club" in New York City where she received the "Kent & Helen Coes Award", Juried in the 4th Annual Sylvia Maria Glessmann 2013 Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York, National Art Museum of Sport 2nd Annual International (NAMOS) "Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition", in the 2011 National Oil and Acrylic Painters of America "Best of America" Exhibit. Her work has also reached the international audience by being juried in the PNC Arts Alive Worthington-Samaya (Japan) Arts Exchange Exhibit which is taking place in Samaya (Japan) till January 8th 2013.
Her work has also been exhibited in several local shows such as The Ohio Hometown Exhibit at the Rhodes James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, High Road Gallery in Columbus Ohio, The Arts Castle in Delaware Ohio, The Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Rising Sun Pendleton Art Center, Pendleton, Indiana. She has won several awards including The Memorial Golf Tournament, Distinctly Dublin Art Exhibit.
She is a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, Associate member of the Oil Painters of America and the Cecilia Beaux Forum. Aida is the past President of the Worthington Art League and past Vice President of the Dublin Art League. After living in Canada for more than nine years, Aida Garrity relocated her studio to Ohio where she resides with her four children and her husband Kevin.
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