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Whitney is a Congressional Award recipient as well as being inducted as a Signature Member with Artists for Conservation. Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the US. She is best known for her Equine and Wildlife fine art, in a variety of mediums. Her artwork is available for Sale in Limited Edition Giclees as well as some Original work. She excepts limited commission work and is available for classes and workshops.

"When the Dust Settles" by W. Kurlan, Wildlife Artist of the Year Entree


“Art came naturally to me as a child. My mother was a watercolorist, so I was surrounded by art growing up in Connecticut. I took art more seriously, after winning a congressional award for watercolors in my teens. I explored other mediums including pastels, acrylics, graphite and oils. 


I opened up a fine art gallery and represented over 100 artists in the US, and while living in Massachusetts was part of a large artist collaborative. Most recently I have moved to Aiken South Carolina, where I teach and work full time in multiple mediums.  

I decided early on my role in life was to give voice to animals, through my art. I have been painting wildlife now for 30 years. My subjects over the years has migrated from equines and local wildlife, to large game and predators in other countries, particularly that of Africa. Early influences' included the Adamsons’ and their on-going efforts to secure land from poachers. Over the decades, we continue to see this struggle increase.

Trafficking for animal parts, while land and thousands of species are being decimated at an unprecedented rate.  



I was inducted into the Artists for Conservation several years ago. It brought to light not only Africa's Painted Dogs, but other IUCN endangered species. This has given me a bigger purpose and focus to my work.  Having rescue dogs, I naturally gravitated towards Painted Dogs. Their intelligence, gracefulness and athleticism along with their colorful coats make them a unique and exciting subject to paint. The thrust of my work is about capturing light and a sense of movement. Africa has an abundance of both.”

Recent Accomplishments:

2012 NY Art Expo - NYC

2016 " Weeds" 18X24 "Morning Sun"14x14, Original Pastels,

Equus International Festival NYC

2016  International Sport Horse art Exhibit and Auction - Palm Beach FL

2016 "Carolina On my Mind" 12X20, "Shadows on the Serengeti" 18X24,

"Flocking Together"12X14, Essex CT 

2016 Elvis the Pony Illustrations 

2017 " When the Dust Settles" original Oil 36x48 David Shepard Foundation

Wildlife Artist of the Year short listed, London UK

2017 North Carolina Hunter Jumper 5 day festival Cover Artist - Raleigh NC

2018 North Carolina Hunter Jumper 5 day Festival Cover Artist - Raleigh NC

2018 " Shadows on the Serengeti" 18x24","Jewel of the Savanah"

12X14 - Original Pastels - Boston Mill Work Contemporary

2019 Solo Exhibit - Wildlife Collection 8 Paintings pastels and Oils - Boston

2019 "Sudbury River", "late Summer Sunlight" "Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary", "Long Pond Sanctuary"

collection of Plein Air Paintings Small Works from Audubon Preserves - Boston Mill Work Contemporary

2019 "When the Dust Settles" Original Oil included in the AFC Exhibit and Coffee table book, Vancouver BC

2019 "Wind in the Willows" Cape Cod Theater, Harwich Cape Cod


2016 New England Horse Magazine - Article Eye of the Beholder Selected paintings "reflections", "Morning Sun"

2017 CT Sunday Post - Back in the Saddle featured Story 

2017 CT Fairfield County Who's It - Article

2019 AFC Exhibit coffee table book

Non-Profit Support

Painted Dog Conservation, African Wildlife Foundation, WildlifeNOW, Artist For Conservation Umbrella, World Wildlife Foundation, Canines for Independence, FL, Second Chance Rescue Dogs NYC, Guardian Angels Cat Rescue, MA,  Audubon Society, MA

Image for NCHJA North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association. 2018
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