About Rita

Rita Long Art

What I do is paint.
Why I paint is to inspire others to express themselves and do what matters. I do this not just through my artwork, but through creativity workshops and sharing my thoughts on creativity through my blog.

My paintings are a result of two things: I either paint what I love and share that with my customers, or I paint to create a lasting impression of my customer’s most treasured life experiences. I call these commissioned paintings “Moments that Matter.”

One lovely aspect of my work as an artist is seeing how differently each person responds to what I create. When I paint what I love, or when I create a commission piece from a moment that matters to a client, the genuine emotional response the painting triggers is, to me, what art is all about.

When I retired in 2009, I kicked off my corporate heels and picked up a paint brush. My childhood desire to paint became a reality as I learned from local Michigan artists and studied online, then traveled to Hawaii and Italy to study and grow as an artist.

My art is displayed in Brighton, and I host an annual “Cocktails & Creations” Art Show at my home studio. I also offer creativity workshops, calling on my background in training and education, to help others learn to be more creative, express themselves, and do what really matters in their lives.  I love to share my passion for learning, teaching and growing with other artists, and help them define their own creative and professional path.

Affiliations & Experience

Creativity is an ongoing passion, and my mantra is Think, Learn, Share and Grow. When I travel I usually schedule an art lesson locally to keep learning and growing, and I call on my past work in corporate training to develop my creativity workshops. Here are some of the organizations that have shaped my perspective:

Art Groups / Associations
Brighton Art Guild
Huron Valley Council for the Arts
Michigan Plein Air Painters
Richard Robinson
Heiner Hurtling “Your Brush with Nature”
Fine Art America

Art Instructions / Inspiration
Paula, my very first art teacher
William Brody, American Artist
Richard Robinson, New Zealand Lightscapes:
Hawaii Retreat & Workshop and monthy online member of “The Complete Artist”
Antonio Perceavalle, Amalfi Coast, Italian Artist

Former Adventures/Careers
Adjunct Instructor: Schoolcraft College, Business Development
Certified Instructor:  Dale Carnegie Courses
International Speaker, Facilitator, Trainer and Consultant:
Speaker Coach, Effective Communications, Customer Service, DISC Behavioral Style Profiles, Leadership, Personal and Business Development, Stress Management, Human Relations
Teamwork: Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen. Mitsubishi, J. D. Power and Associates

Choose a Rita Long Art original that resonates with your soul.
Or commission a work from a moment that matters to you.
Because the art you own should speak to, and for, your heart.