Griselda Healy was born in St. James, Long Island, New York in 1951. She studied still-life and landscape painting with Paul Russotto before moving to Europe, where she studied and worked as a musician and artist. Returning to the USA, her focus moved towards figure painting and drawing. This new passion was pursued in Connecticut at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts with Dan Gheno and Deane Keller, followed by more study in New York at the National Academy of Design with Mary Beth McKenzie and, at The Art Students League with Harvey Dinnerstein.
In 1997 Healy joined the Visual Arts Studio Program at Snug Harbor Cultural Center Staten Island, NY. Here she began her serious work, hiring models for figure projects, painting portraits from life, and experimenting with different mediums such as pastel, printmaking and clay sculpture.
Aside from the on- going studio projects, Healy painted a series of plein air landscape works which were inspired by Snug Harbor’s magnificent architecture , gardens , trees, and extraordinary waterfront.
Healy recently relocated to Manhattan and now has a studio affiliated with the New York Artists and Residency Studios Foundation (NARS) in Brooklyn, NY.
She is presently continuing her work with figure and context. Her Self-Portrait series was exhibited at the Satori Gallery, NYC, and “Ferry” from the Staten Island Ferry Series was exhibited at the Atlantic Gallery, NYC, Sic Transit Gloria.
From 2008-2011 a landscape series was exhibited at the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island, New York; Tugs, Night & Day. Griselda is currently working on a project titled Figure in Motion. Large drawings were exhibited at the Dance New Amsterdam Gallery (DNA) in Lower Manhattan January, 2011. The charcoal scroll drawings of figure motion are part of a works in progress sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). The charcoal drawings were followed by 13 panel paintings which were exhibited at Wagner College Union Gallery with dance performance last October 2012. The project titled continues to evolve working towards a multi- media conclusion combining paintings, video, music, and dance.
Over the years, Griselda has participated in various group shows in the tri-state area, including solo exhibitions at Snug Harbor’s Art Lab Gallery, NY: Recent Works, the Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NYC: People and Context, The Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ: Entr’ Acte, The Staten Island Museum, NY: FERRY, Wagner College Gallery, Staten Island, NY: Portrait and Figure Paintings. Roslyn Library, NY: The Lively Eye, Dance New Amsterdam Gallery, NYC: Figure in Motion; Exhibition/Performance, Wagner College, Staten Island.
Griselda Healy’s work can be viewed on her website at www.griseldahealy.com.