Maryann Kvietkauskas Rachford
Acrylics • Watercolors • Ceramics • Stained Glass • Printmaking Jewelry • Graphic Design
Maryann has been “addicted” to art from her earliest memories. She was ill as a child and her activities were limited. She spent hours drawing “her world” (where she still lives); this is where her passion for art began. In high school she completed an art correspondence course founded by Norman Rockwell and other artists. She continued her education earning an A.A. in Art, a B.A. in Studio Art (painting and printmaking), a Teaching Credential in Art, a M.A. in Design (Graphic Design and Film Art Direction), and an EdD in Art Education. Her doctoral dissertation was based on research stressing interdisciplinary education. She believes any subject can be taught, and enhanced, through the integration of art; that knowledge cannot be acquired until it is applied, this can be achieved through art.
Her career has included working in and on feature films and commercials, art and creative director for retail chains, corporations and advertising agencies, and she established Pelican Productions Art Studio, a graphic design firm. Maryann found that working in advertising and the film industry didn’t hold the magic of creating art and imparting knowledge. Consequently, she’s also a college professor endeavoring to make art an integral part of students’ lives.
She’s taught at Woodbury and Biola Universities, UCLA, Long Beach City College, and American College for Applied Design. Currently she’s an art professor at Citrus College teaching studio art, computer graphics and typography, introduction to the visual arts and distance education art history. Additionally she teaches art at Azusa Pacific University.
Maryann has shown and received awards in numerous shows & competitions, has work in the permanent collection of the AFL/CIO, is listed in California Art Review, American Artist, and various Who’s Who publications. She works in acrylics watercolours, ceramics, stained glass, printmaking, jewelry, graphic design and advertising. She has illustrated numerous books and is currently working with authors, creating illustrations for upcoming publications. Her studio work is what she terms “composed realism”, she wants to take you places you’ve never been before because these places have never been.
She loves being with her family, traveling, is a dedicated animal rights activist, an avid reader, boxing aficionado, auto racing fanatic, can never live far from the sea, and gives all credit and thanks to God on whom she constantly relies.