Ann Guidera-Matey

Our world is a challenging place to navigate. Now, more than ever we need to take the time to create a space to recharge. Art replenishes the spirit of those who live with it. Using light, color and texture, my pastel paintings invite you into sacred moments in nature where you can pause, take a breath and experience the moment.



Art replenishes the spirt of those who live with it. A piece of art can reconnect you emotionally with those simple moments in nature when you took a deep breath and forgot about everything else in the world. The glow at sunset, a field of sunflowers or Queen Anne’s lace blowing in the wind or the rhythmic masts of boats reflected in quiet waters are just some of those take your breath away moments. My hope is to paint, recapture and share my emotional responses to these instances in nature. Light, color and texture, invite you into my paintings where you can slow down, take a deep breath and experience the moment.

My 25 Days of Minis Collection features 3 Series

Working Out in the Before Times
Inspired by the motion, joy, group activity and close proximity before social distancing. Features quick colorful sketches of bikers and runners (December 1-6)

Walks in the Mean Times
Memories of solitary walks when I was able to take a deep breath and forget about the rest of the world. Features walks past fields of sunflowers, lavender, Queen Anne’s Lace and more. (December 7-17)

Light in the After Times
The After Times can refer to a sunset filled with incredible light and hope for the next day or a metaphor for a promising 2021. Series features vivid yet serene sunsets and quiet harbors. ( December 18-25)

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 wonder. 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 grew up in...

Moved around New York, Philadelphia, HS in Richmond VA, Philadelphia for College and life


My favorite book is...

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The last show I binge watched was...



My favorite gift I ever received was...

A Painting class 35 years ago


My favorite meal is...




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. AnnGuideraMatey.com

Pastel Society of America - Juried Associate Member
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY - Juried Artist Member
Maryland Pastel Society - Signature Member
Philadelphia Pastel Society

Ann Guidera-Matey





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