Virmarie DePoyster

Virmarie DePoyster was born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. The vibrant tropical colors, wide open spaces, and rain forest left an indelible impression that is so clearly translated in her paintings. Her desire for creative expression began at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she studied apparel merchandising and design. Years later, in 2004, she took on a new creative challenge by enrolling in classes at the Museum School at the Arkansas Arts Center (now Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts). She quickly fell in love with the bright pigments of soft pastels specifically when experimenting with surface textured paper.

Over the past twelve years, her reputation and recognition as an artist and art teacher have grown exponentially. DePoyster was a drawing and pastel instructor at the Museum School from 2011 to 2018. In 2012, she developed and implemented a therapeutic art program to teach at-risk youth in rural Arkansas how to heal through artistic expression. In 2016, she built on this desire to give others a voice through art by providing her services to a wide range of individuals at an acute care facility in Little Rock. DePoyster is also currently a visual artist in residency with the Arkansas AIE program, which includes facilitating professional workshops for school teachers, focusing on how to better integrate art into their curriculum.

Her work is currently displayed in private and public collections, along with showings at numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. She won first place at the Arkansas Pastel Society National Exhibition with her piece Still in Love 6, and the international solo exhibition Revelation debuted at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, in 2015.