Ardith Starostka has exhibited and won awards in an extensive list of international as well as national competitions which include; the Art Renewal Center International Juried Show, the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait & Figurative Competition, the International Guild of Realism Juried Competition and the National Arts for The Parks Juried Competition, Oil Painters of America International Annual Exhibition, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society National Exhibition and the Nebraska Biennial. The artist has also been more recently featured in publications such as the International Artist magazine, Epoch Times, American Art Collector magazine, Southwest Art magazine, Plein Air magazine, Omaha Magazine and the Art & Freedom publication sponsored by the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain.
Many of her paintings that now grace the walls of collectors, corporations and museums across the United States.
The artist has lived in Nebraska all of her life and currently resides near Omaha.
As an artist I have always been drawn to capture the likeness and emotion of the human face and form.I have worked in watercolor, pastels, charcoal, graphite and oils. My preferred medium is oil and that is what I am currently focused on.
Many of my paintings, such as Persephone, are inspired by my daughter Haley who began posing for me at the age of three. Working from life is the preferred method of painting but I often combine the live sessions with photography as a reference to complete a painting.
I enjoy depicting the figure in costume or in a setting that tells a story. In many of my current and future pieces, I I am combining the realistic figure with a touch of surrealism to add another dimension to my work.