Miriam Schulman

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Puta, 2009 Oil And Mixed Media 16x20" ©
Blue Enchantment, 2009 Oil And Mixed Media 16x20" ©
Assert, 16x20" Oil 16x20" ©
Dream Weaver, 2009 Oil 16x20" ©
Lost in Bani, 2009 Oil 16x20" ©
Goldfsh Watercolor 10 X 10 X 1.5 Inches
Quick Facts
Birth year
Works in
New York
Dartmouth College, 1990, Art History
Representing galleries
Tappan Z Art Gallery, Art & Lease
nudes, mixed-media, landscape, portraits, watercolor modern, figurative

Award-winning New York artist Miriam Schulman is known for her exceptional mastery of watercolor in which she experiments both on paper and on canvas using contemporary techniques, making her art both relevant and modern to widespread audiences.  Her portraits have been featured in prestigious juried exhibitions and commissioned throughout the United States, while many of her landscapes and nudes have been collected internationally.

Schulman skillfully and passionately captures the true essence and dynamics of her subjects, such as the synchronicity of musicians in concert, the closeness of siblings in family portraits, and the varied personalities of animals in her “Fish, Feathers, and Fur” collection.  Vivid landscapes exemplify her expertise in color – as seen, for example, in the quaint towns and beaches of Cape Cod or the bustling streets of New York City – where impressionistic scenes can bring both enchantment and nostalgia. “Heart, soul and love are poured into these paintings,” wrote one collector, while another described the artist’s portraits as bringing “movement, depth, and contour and color well-conveyed.”

Schulman’s art has been published in The New York Times and many other regional and national publications including the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, which featured her painting of a raccoon for its cover in the September 15, 2008 issue.

In “A Brush with Life,” Scarsdale Inquirer 2007, Debra Banerjee wrote, “Whether her subject is penguins or people, it's personality that moves the paintbrush of artist Miriam Schulman. “Schulman's charming portraits, both human and animal, express individuality with both humour and dignity.” (full text of article)

When not working on commissioned portraits, Schulman experiments with innovative combinations of mediums and methods. In her most recent series she uses sheet music as a collage medium on canvas mixed with watercolor. The notes from the music give the composition energy; so for example, in a floral series the notes appear as bugs buzzing over the flower whereas on a landscape of birch trees the musical notes appear as knolls on tree bark.

The artist also enjoys working with eco-friendly and recycled materials to continually explore diverse artistic dimensions and determine new and different ways to present and portray her insights and inspiration.


An artist comes full circle

For Schulman, art was a means to deal with the uprooting of her family many times during childhood after losing her father at an early age to cancer. Schulman found art to be a way to express herself during the transitional periods while helping her gain acceptance from peers. It was her fourth grade teacher who first noticed her talent, pointing out she had a special gift and encouraging her to keep creating and pursuing her art.

Schulman’s art continued to evolve, becoming a constant and significant part of her life. She studied art and art history while at Dartmouth College, where she pursed a degree in Art History with in minor in engineering.   She supported herself by working in the Art History department and was also paid by the college to create different artwork to promote campus events. As a senior, her art was featured in a solo show that was funded through a joint sponsorship of student groups. Upon graduation, she received the Adelbert Ames Fine Arts Award.

Although Schulman never gave up her dream to become a professional artist, she accepted a scholarship to pursue a Masters degree at M.I.T, which led to an exciting and successful career on Wall Street. Still, she painted and took up watercolor by studying with noted watercolorists Elise Morenon, Mel Stabin and Charles Reid. In 2000, she left the financial world to pursue her passion for art full time.

A Muse in Progress

Initially, Schulman focused on portraits and the figure. She immediately won prizes for her portraits in local art competitions and her professional career as an artist took off. One solo show followed the next as Schulman curated displays of her art in Rye, Larchmont, Greenburgh, Bronxville, Elmsford and Greenwich. With each solo show came praise from the press, gallery owners, and museum curators. In addition, Schulman used her training in computers to master the art of online selling and promotion, which developed into an international collector base.  In addition, she has displayed framed artwork decorating ideas on her website.

Schulman’s artwork is collected and included in private collections throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Israel, Greece, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Dozens of her commissioned portraits grace prestigious homes throughout the New York area and her art is also included in the permanent collections at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York and Goodwood Flying School in West Sussex, England. Schulman is currently represented by Tappan Z Art Gallery in Tarrytown, and Art Rent and Lease, which sells, rents and leases artwork to corporate, healthcare and hospitality clients in the US.


Workshops offered

The artist teaches adults in a semi-private format during the week. Her classes focus on using different watercolor techniques and her own secrets for working with this medium. Click here for workshop information.