Rita Wilson

Rita photo for web

Rita recently displayed a selection of her work at Anchor and Anvil Coffee Shop in Ben Avon.  Congratulations!!

I already saw myself as an artist when I started taking lessons from Joyce about five years ago. I was, and still am, a member of the West Hills Art League, and have painted as a hobby off and on for over thirty years. But it was not until I discovered Joyce that I also discovered my true talent and artistic eye. Joyce’s focus on color theory, shapes, and shadows helped me to really see the colors in the shadows. Her skill at knife painting and her patience and adeptness in teaching this method have helped me to evolve as an artist.

The best way to lose a day is to pick up my palette knife. Before I know it, hours have passed and I have forgotten to eat! Painting is a pleasurable indulgence. Every tactile act in painting brings me joy – from squeezing the paint from the tube to mixing colors on the palette to find just the right shade, to applying the creamy oils to the canvas, to even wiping the palette knife on my painting clothes.

As a member of the West Hills Art League, I have had the opportunity to participate in their annual show, as well as other area shows. As a painter of Le Poire, I have participated in gallery shows. I have sold several original pieces and commissioned work.

My awards include: People’s Choice Award, PTI Educators’ Show ; Viewer’s Choice Award, West Hills Art League; and most recently, Third Place at the West Hills Art League Annual Juried Art Show.

Most of my artwork may be found on my Pinterest site.


Rita was given a Best of Show Award at the West Hills Art League’s Annual Exhibit for her painting “Celebration” this spring. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Her piece titled: ¬† “Santorini Sunset” was juried into the Merrick Masters Show in New Brighton.