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Ariana Richards, 1979 ~ Actress and award winning painter

Ariana Richards is an award winning professional painter and an internationally noted actress, well known for her role as "Lex Murphy" in the movie "Jurassic Park", "Mellissa Lefevre" in the film "Angus" and "Mindy Sterngood" in the film "Tremors", along with 25 other movies.
Ariana is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Oil Painters of America and is a Mentor Member of the California Art Club.

Ariana Richards possessed a love of traditional art at an early age.  An internationally noted actress, known especially for her role as “Lex” in “Jurassic Park”, she went on to Skidmore College to earn a B.S. Degree in Fine Art and Drama, with distinction. She continued with instruction at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and has been mentored by some of the finest names in Contemporary Impressionist art.

Art has long been a tradition in Ariana Richards’ family. Her own genealogy can be traced back to the early Italian Renaissance with Carlo Crivelli, a contemporary of Botticelli. Ariana’s ongoing work shows the classical influence of the Old Masters, along with the dynamics of Impressionist artists, most notably Monet and Degas. She draws inspiration from historic painters such as John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Mary Cassatt and Joaquin Sorolla.

"It’s all about the light…  Light illuminates the essence and the heart of things"- Ariana Richards

2013 - National Competition Winner
Ariana was awarded the position of "Official Artist for the Children for Children Organization ~ Interpretational Painting of Music2", by the founder of the International Music Syndicate after winning a national competition.
2009 - Ariana was among the artists receiving awards in the Annual Members Showcase Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America.
2008 - Ariana’s oil painting entitled "Tropical Dawn" received high honors in the 2nd Annual International Raymar Art Competition 2008.
2006 - Oil Painters of America Western Regional Competition, Art of the West Award of Excellence, Blue Ribbon Winner.
2005 - 1st Place in the National Oil Painting Competition sponsored by American Artist magazine.
2003 - People’s Choice Award at the Wine Country Exhibition at Napa, on the grounds of Clos Pegase Winery.
2001 - Painter of the Year Award from the Media Arts Institute and Moorpark College.