My name is Meryl Cittadino and I am the owner of the Art Studio. I grew up on Long Island and attended Queens College and the New School, majoring in fine arts. For many years I was in my families retail business, but my true passion was always in art. While running my business and raising my two children, I still found time to paint, working on many murals and faux finishing, as I still do today. My mother always encouraged me and said I should follow my dreams. So on a wing and a prayer and 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 all who were a part of this dream and helped make it happen. I would also like to thank all of my students and parents for their encouragement and support over the years.

Meryl's Water Paintings



Laura Grace Montaruli attended The Art Studio since she was 12 years old. During her high school years, she worked and created her college portfolio. She was accepted to some of the top art schools including: Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, The New School and SVA. A recent Pratt Institute graduate and working freelance Illustrator, Laura was recently published, has been in numerous shows and has been teaching and learning in our studio now for over thirteen years.




Meghan Harron has been working with us for three years now. Her knowledge of sewing , fabrics and textile is a wonderful addition to our staff. She has amazing technical skills, and a great sense for color. She is an extraordinary teacher and graphic illustrator as well as an organized, fun coworker and friend.