"...Ann Guidera-Matey gets sunset colors that are so vivid you nearly need to shade your eyes.
Her marshland landscaopes are wonderfully vivid and serene."
-John Chambless of the Chester County Press 8/5/19
I paint simple moments in nature that take my breath away. The Light at day’s end, Queen Anne’s Lace floating across a field or the rhythmic masts of boats reflected in quiet waters are instances that replenish my soul. When I paint, I reconnect with and share my emotional response to these episodes. Light, color and texture, invite you into my paintings where you can stay, take a deep breath and experience the moment.
My compositions are simple and direct and pastel is my primary medium. I enjoy pastels’ immediacy and find the vibrant colors effective for conveying joy or wonderment. My pastels are applied to a panel that is under painted with acrylic and then primed with a pumice gel mixture that provides texture
I have been working with pastels for approximately 25 years and like most artists, take joy in being a student and taking classes with internationally known Master Pastelists. Favorite places of inspiration include the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the New Jersey Shore, the Brandywine River Valley, Hudson, New York and Maine. Recent trips to Ireland, France and Italy have energized my work.
After raising my family and leaving a position in arts administration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2015, I am now able to pursue my passion for pastels full time.
Now living in Rose Valley PA with my husband, I paint at Heron Crest Studios in Aston, Pennsylvania where visitors are welcome by appointment throughout the year. You can also reach me through this website by clicking HERE.
Pastel Society of America - Juried Member
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY - Juried Artist Member
Maryland Pastel Society - Signature Member
Philadelphia Pastel Society
2018 -Stuart Kingston Gallery, Greenville DE
2020- 25 Days of Minis - Online Show
2020- 2007 - Yellow Springs Art Show, Chester Springs, PA
2020 - 2019- Farm to Table - Land Art Events
2018 - UArts Online Show
2016 & 2018 Delaware County Studio Tour
2017 & 2018 - Plien Air Brandywine Valley
2015 – Main Line Art Center Spring Gala Show, Bryn Mawr, PA
2008 - Philadelphia Sketch Club – Works on Paper
2007 - Philadelphia Watercolor Society – Franklin and Marshall College
2006 -Daylesford Abby Art Show – Paoli, PA
2007 – 2020– Art Long the Creek Heron Crest Studios, Aston PA
2015- Station Gallery, Wilmington DE - Art for the Holidays
2014 – D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, NJ – Spring Show
2013 - William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor NJ - Nature Inspired
2013-2011 -Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show, Chadds Ford PA
2013 - D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, NJ - Sky Gazing
2011- The Art Trust, Westchester, PA - Gifted
2009- Darlington Art Center, Garnet Valley, PA - Artists of Heron Crest Studios
2008-2006 - Station Gallery– Greenville DE - Holiday Show
2008 – 2007– Station Gallery, Greenville DE – Spring Thaw
2007 - Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA - Miniature Show
2007 –Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square PA 2007 - Summer’s Eve
2005 –Hardcastle Gallery, Wilmington,DE - Touch of Class
Square Pear Gallery, Kennett Square PA - August 2018 - Present
Stuart Kingston Gallery, Greenville DE - May- June 2018
William Ris, Jamesport NY - 2016 - 2018
William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor NJ - 2010 - 2016
Station Gallery, Greenville DE – 2006 - 2018
Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA 2007 - 2010
2000- 2019- Studied with international and regional Master Pastel Artists such as Toni Allain, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Elizabeth Mowry PSA, Susan Oglivie PSA, Carolyn Caldwell PSA, Terri Ford, Jacob Aguiar
1996-2009 - Philadelphia Museum of Art - Guide Training Program
1981- Villanova University – M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations
1975 - Saint Joseph’s University – B.S. in Psychology
Pastel Artist and Member of Heron Crest Studios, Inc. - 2007 - Present
Manager Volunteer Services, Philadelphia Museum of Art – 2009-2015