adele castillo art, self portrait

Hi, I’m Adele

I’ve been making art since I was a young child. I had a habit of doodling in pencil and crayon in any book I could claim, and I few I shouldn’t have. I drew my pets and my family, and loved illustrating school projects. Luckily my parents both dabbled in art and tolerated supported my endeavors. At the age of 10 I was gifted with a small tripod easel and by the time I was a teen, with private art lessons that began my formal art education.

I am a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Art Education. After teaching for 19 years in Virginia Beach Public Schools, I decided it was time to leave and began teaching private lessons to adults and children, plus finally began to pursue my own projects. Not long after friends noticed one of my paintings of my own pup and requested one of theirs. I’ve been painting pups and other animals since.

In addition to animals, I enjoy experimenting with various mediums, making my own acrylic paints, and have a nerdy interest in all things related to color studies. I’ve exhibited in outdoor and juried shows and have a few award ribbons tucked away in my home studio.

My attitude towards art making is that it should be fun. There may be rules, but they aren’t written in stone and are best used as answers to problems than as the reason to create. With rare exception, everyone can create and I love introducing my students to the joy and forgiveness of acrylic painting.