Art Instructor

Mary Beth Sasso specializes in pastel portraits of both people and animals. She was born in Connecticut and as a teenager, she began studying under the mentorship of nationally known Master Pastelist, Claudia Post, and for the next 7 years was her teaching assistant during her summers off from school. She attended Paier College of Art and received a BA in Graphic Design from Central Connecticut State University and went on to have a successful career as a graphic designer for over 30+ years. In 2008 Mary Beth returned full-time to her fine art roots with exhibits at various galleries in Connecticut along with teaching teens and adults in Connecticut schools and private studios.


She is an Adjunct Faculty of Art at Santa Rosa Junior College teaching ages 14-98 yrs beginner level pastel painting and basic drawing skills in addition to teaching private classes and commissions. She finds the most rewarding aspect of teaching is the joy she see in her  students' beaming faces of pride when they have successfully completed a beautiful piece of art. 

"My art is a personal journey in which I see the beauty of life whether in a person, animal, place, or thing."


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