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Art by Monica

Illustrations, Art & Other Creations

About Me

 My name is Monica Stadalski and I'm a freelance artist/illustrator living in upstate NY.   Creativity has always been a part of my life, even though I didn't really realize it until I was an adult.  As a child I watched my mother  sew, cook,  paint, quilt, garden, and knit...my father also has a knack for building and fixing anything and created beautiful woodwork on the scroll saw.  My brothers are also creative types and are wonderful photographers.  So for me the creativity just naturally evolved into painting and drawing as I grew into adulthood.   I didn't start to pursue art seriously until my late 20's and taught myself pastels and drawing, mostly through books, not a lot of YouTube demos then.  After entering competitions and exhibitions I thought I needed to get more serious about my artwork and decided to enroll in school at the Academy of Art University to pursue my BFA in Illustration. I enjoy painting in watercolor at the moment, but have experience with charcoal, graphite, pastel, acrylics and oils.  I am most happy working on paintings that involve nature, plants, animals and food.  If you have questions, or would like to inquire about any artwork you see here, feel free to use the Contact page or visit me on Facebook or Instagram!


 

 

Exhibitions

 2011 – 4th Annual Street Painting Festival, Elmira, NY/2nd Place
 2010 - 3rd Annual Street Painting Festival, Elmira, NY/Honorable Mention
 2009 - 61st Annual Fall Fine Art Show, Watertown, NY/1st Place Mixed Media
 2009 - 2nd Annual Street Painting Festival, Elmira, NY
 2009 - 5th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, Old Forge, NY
 2009 - Along the River's Edge, Clayton, NY
 2008 - 1st Annual Street Painting Festival, Elmira, NY/2nd Place
 2008 - Remington Arts Festival, Canton, NY
 2008 - Along the River's Edge, Clayton, NY
 2007 - Arts Association of Northern New York Summer Arts Show & Sale,
             Sackets Harbor, NY
2007 - Along the River's Edge, Clayton, NY
2007 – 3rd Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, Old Forge, NY
2007-  Adirondack Theme Competition, Old Forge NY/Director’s Award
2006 - New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
2006 - Arts Association of Northern New York Arts Festival, Sackets Harbor, NY/1st Place  
2006 – 2nd Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, Old Forge, NY
2006 – Jefferson County Fair/1st  & 2nd Place Drawing
2004 - Featured Artist, The Whimsical Pig Custom Frame Shop and Gallery, Watertown, NY

 

Commissions
2008 – German Café Mural, Indian River High School, Philadelphia, NY
2007 – Christmas Mural, Jefferson County Rehabilitation Center Watertown, NY
2006 – Underwater Mural, Jefferson County Rehabilitation Center, Watertown, NY
2005 – Sesame Street Mural, WPBS Public Broadcasting Station, Watertown, NY
2004 – Kayaker Window Mural, Subway Restaurant, Downtown Watertown, NY

 

Affiliations

2008- present North Country Arts Council, Watertown, NY
2008- St. Lawrence Arts Council, Potsdam, NY
2006- Handweaving Museum & Art Center, Clayton, NY
2006- Old Forge Arts Association, Old Forge, NY
2006 -Arts Association of Northern New York, Sackets Harbor, NY
2004-presen WPBS Public Broadcasting Station Annual Art Auction Donor

 

Education

BFA Illustration, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, 30 more credits to completion
AA, Liberal Arts-4.0 Cumulative GPA,   Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY