My name is Meryl Cittadino and I am the owner of the Art Studio. I grew up on Long Island and studied fine arts at Queens College and the New School. For many years I worked in my families retail business, but my true passion was always art. Before opening the studio, while working and raising my two children, I always found time to paint. My mother encouraged me to follow my dreams, so on a wing and a prayer and with the support of my husband and family, The Art Studio opened its doors in 1999. Although it hasn’t always been easy, I can honestly say that The Art Studio is one of my greatest accomplishments. I would like to thank everyone who helped make my dream happen and to all my students and parents for their encouragement and support over the years.