Adrian Giuliani – Children’s Pastel Portraits

Adrian Giuliani – Children’s Pastel Portraits

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Adrian Giuliani was highly honored to have her piece, “Jami Swimming II,” juried into the Pastel Society of America 41st Annual Exhibition, Enduring Brilliance at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in NYC.

Adrian Giuliani was introduced to soft pastels by Flora Giffuni, the founder of the Pastel Society of America and  had the great fortune of studying with Flora during her teenage years.

Giuliani loved the immediacy, flexibility and rich, vibrant colors pastels provided and she chose it as her medium. Her love for pastels continued at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), studying with masters such as Richard Merkin, and graduating with a BFA in Illustration in 1987.

At RISD Giuliani discovered her immense love for children’s pastel portraiture and today her work is appreciated and owned by  many.  She is an active member in various pastel societies and has won numerous awards for her work. We are proud to have her as a member of and enjoy following her career as she continues to accept children’s portrait commissions and frequently exhibits her portraits.



“My main goal is to create a piece of art that beautifully reflects your child. I strive to capture your child’s personality and emotion at that moment. Whether my medium is charcoal or pastel, I want my artwork to have energy and movement, to be alive. I do not want to simply duplicate a photograph. Instead, I aim to create a piece of art that is spirited, full of life, and wonderfully reflective of your individual child.” ~ Adrian Giuliani

Some of her career accomplishments are:

  • Best of Show in the juried Alabama Pastel Society show at the Artist on the Bluff Center in Hoover, Alabama for her portrait, “Exuberance.”
  • Awarded First Place in the Portrait/Figurative Category of the June Pastel Society of New Jersey Member’s exhibition at the Livingston Gallery for “Exuberance”.
  • Won special Merit in the November Light, Space & Time Online Gallery Open Exhibition for her piece  “Childhood”.
  • Won First Place in the Portrait/Figurative Category of the juried November Pastel Society of New Jersey exhibition for  “Childhood”.


Adrian Giuliani strives to capture an honest moment in time, creating portraits with energy, spirit and life.


“Excitement comes from capturing an honest moment, feeling, or expression. My inspiration is in the play of light on the face, the celebration of color, the twinkle in a child’s eye, the smirk on her face, perhaps the look of impish curiosity, the crinkle of the brow on his upset face, or the serious expression of a pensive child. I love to paint the full range of emotion, so not every portrait I paint is of a smiling child, but of course it can be! I also love to recreate that blissful expression of pure joy that often washes over the face of a child! I pride myself on not painting stiff, posed portraits. On the contrary, I want my portraits to be alive and expressive. Life is about emotion, expression and movement. My portraits celebrate this!” ~ Adrian Giuliani

Join us online February 9, 2014 at 3p PST/5p CST/6p EST and meet Adrian Giuliani. We appreciate all her support and contribution to our community and we look forward to chatting with her!

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