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Riitta Peirone

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Riitta Peirone graduated from the Interpretative Illustration Program at Sheridan College of Art and Design in Oakville, Ontario and took courses in drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art. She worked in Toronto as a graphic artist, mainly in educational publishing, She moved to Vancouver in 1986 and freelanced as a graphic artist. She also worked at Cossette Communications and McKim Advertising.

She is an Associate member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists. Riitta had two portraits in the 2006 National Show at the Red Deer and District Art Gallery and two portraits in the 2008 Open Portrait Show in Calgary. One of these pieces won an award for Excellence in Portraiture in Combined Media. Over the years she has shown with the BC Chapter of CIPA at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Place des Artes, Ferry Building and New Westminster Library.

In 2002, Riitta became a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has exhibited in many juried shows at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island. She has participated in many additional group shows with the Ferry Building Gallery, Silk Purse Gallery, Cityscape Gallery and Seymour Art Gallery, as well as a solo show at the Silk Purse Gallery in April 2006.

Riitta’s work in pastels, watercolours, acrylics and oils reflect the natural surroundings of her home near the Capilano River, as well as her interest in portraits and figurative work.