Artist's Bio:  Live Event Painter:

Artist's Bio:  Joan Zylkin, The Event Painter


I came with my family to live in Wilmington, DE in 1986 from London, UK and we are now American Citizens, living in center city Philadelphia.


After careers in International Civil Service, (OECD, Paris); Journalism/Editor, (Sydney Australia and London UK) Business Entrepreneur/Owner Fashion Retailer  (London),  and with some very fine local art classes along the way ... from 1992-5 ...  I enrolled in the Certificate Program at the PennsylvaniaAcademy of the Fine Arts, one of the finest art schools in the world, to study anatomy, drawing and painting 24/7, and loved every minute.


I knew that I wanted to paint, and that I love color and gesture ... which led to what I do now ... which is to capture the immediacy of my subjects by working very quickly in oils.  For the last fifteen years or so, I have been painting live at all sorts of performances and events:  Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, Broadway Shows,  Music of all kinds, Coffee Shops, Beaches ... honing my skills and taking commissions along the way.   I offer my services to paint live at parties and special events, such as Weddings,  and I paint portrait commissions for Fund Raisers and guests love to watch me paint.


Live painting events and venues include:

Curtis Atrium, Philadelphia

Carltun on the Park, Eisenhower Park, Long Island NY

Valenzano Winery, Shammong, NJ

Lokey Mercedes Benz, Clearwater, FL

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, NYC

Don Cesar Hotel, St. Petersburg, FL

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA

Mercedes Benz of Wilmington DE

The Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

The Down Town Club, Philadlephia, PA

The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

Love Park, Philadelphia, PA

Fonthill Castle, Mercer Estates, Doylestown, PA

Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ

The Radisson Hotel, Freehold, NJ

Opus 40, Saugerties, NY

Delaware Art Museum Pirates Party, 

Aids Day Without Art at Oberod, 

Christchurch Christiana Hundred Green Show, 

Greenville Country Club, 

Arden Candlelight Theatre, 

Arden Shakespeare Gild (sic), 

The Wilmington Blues Festival, 

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, 

St. Michael’s Day School ... painting babies and todlers in the school …  and taking commissions at their Art Auction

Numerous private parties and weddings 

© Joan Zylkin 2011                               joan@theeventpainter.com                                       tel:  302.475.0990