The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz, is pleased to feature Sandra Desrosiers as December’s Artist of the Month.
Desrosiers, having always been artistic and by the grace of God, began oil painting in 2015 shortly after her husband of 11 months passed away. She also began sketching in January 2015 which led her to enroll in a drawing class at the Hanover Area Arts Guild. Shortly after, Desrosiers took a painting class using a variety of mediums except oil, which she now says is her “heart’s desire”. She was later fortunate enough to find a local artist who offered instruction in oil using Flemish Maroger, an all-in-one painting medium that allows the artist to produce both thick brushstrokes for more intense lights and transparent glazes for shadows and dark passages, ultimately increasing depth and visual impact throughout one’s art.
Desrosiers began to flourish, sometimes painting up to 12 hours a day every day. She paints what she enjoys – still life, florals, animals, and people, which she finds most challenging. She has spent countless hours studying old master works, her favorite being Bouguereau. Desrosiers’ work began receiving multiple awards including Best of Show awards at the 2016 and 2017 York Fair and seven other 1st place ribbons. In June of 2017, she was accepted to several juried shows including the Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Show, where she won a blue ribbon in the painting category. Other achievements include Awards of Merit and Honorable Mentions at the Hanover Area Arts Guild.
Desrosiers continues to strive for perfection in realism with her new series of African children portraying Bible scripture verses, some of which will be on display at United Zion Retirement Community. Other displayed pieces include her still lifes, florals, and children.
Desrosiers’ artwork will be on display and available for purchase throughout the month of December. For more information on the Art Gallery, please contact Alyssa Wojcik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, one and a half miles north of the square in Lititz. The Art Gallery is free and open to the public daily 8am-8pm. For other news and events, be sure to follow us on Facebook!