Rita grew up in Michigan and worked as a graphic designer for two printing companies spanning 25 years. During this period of her life, she was skilled in technical ink drawing, watercolor airbrush illustration, typography, and printing methods. Her artistic expression grew as she began to draw charcoal portraits for friends and family. But not until her children were grown did she find the time to develop her love of art. She now spends most of her time in her art studio. She has developed a love of painting with soft pastels and it has become her favorite medium of choice. She began by commissioning pet portraits and soon expanded her interests to include painting wildlife birds, animals, and seascapes. Her paintings are detailed and realistic in style exhibiting the beauty and harmony of her subjects. She is a member of the Mount Pleasant Artists Guild and a member of the Pastel Society of South Carolina. Her work is showcased in Mount Pleasant Artists Gallery and group exhibitions in Charleston South Carolina. She was an award winner in the 2019 PSSC Exhibition Show. She currently resides in Mount Pleasant SC with her husband Steve.