Coni Belleau Adams delivering a completed
portrait to a client in Wilmington, North Carolina.
& Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995 with Coni's portrait
of Heather behind.
Coni Belleau Adams, a native of New York, has spent her lifetime
as an artist. Having studied in New York City at The Traphagen School
of Fashion Art And Illustration, the School Of Visual Arts, Parsons
and the Art
Students League. Coni Belleau Adams began her career as a Fashion
Illustrator in New York City. Coni's transition into portraiture
evolved slowly. Studying with Robert Brackman, NA and Sidney Dickensen,
NA just before they retired. Later Coni studied with Daniel Greene,
NA at his studio in North Salem, NY and then began to accept portrait
After meeting several New York artists, who were putting together
a group called the Metropolitan Portrait Society, an east coast
affiliate of the original American Portrait Society founded by Robert
Fleet Hubbell in Huntington Harbor, California in 1985, Coni was
encouraged to join the Board of Directors. This allowed her to organize
and participate in many special art gatherings, such as "A
Salute To John Singer Sargent" (one of her idols along with
Mary Cassatt and Cecelia Beaux). As a member of the Salmagundi
Club (the oldest art club in America ) Coni helped arrange artist's
demonstrations to be held in their public galleries, where young
artists could learn various approaches to painting by recognized
portrait artists such as David A. Leffel, Richard Whitney, Robert
Bruce Williams and John Howard Sanden. As a Metropolitan Portrait
Society Board Member Coni also performed painting demonstrations,
usually completing the portrait in one hour. The Grand Central Galleries
on West 57th Street in New York City was very supportive of the
group, they would later represent Adams. The Grand Central Galleries
was founded by John Singer Sargent.
ASOPA Vice Chairman Coni Belleau Adams
shown with fellow American Society of Portrait Artist Board
members Burton Silverman, Daniel Greene and portrait artist
Highly motivated and very competitive Coni developed a fast and
furious career traveling around the Country painting strictly from
life. Compelling as it was working in this fashion portraiture was
changing along with clients lifestyle, demanding busy lives left
less time for them to sit for a portrait. It was then that Coni
began to incorporate, the camera into her work. Coni's style leans
toward Impressionism with a realistic approach to the face, hands
and feet. Using a palette, which is light in hue, Coni endeavors
to create a painting, which is totally unique with every commission.
Along with membership in the renowned Salmagundi Club came the opportunity to become a member of the Coast
Guard Artists Program (COGAP) for the Department of Transportation. This required traveling to coast guard installations around
the country in order to paint action scenes of Coast Guard rescue operations. Her paintings hang in government buildings around
the country along with others artist's works depicting how essential our Coast Guard is to the defense of the United States.
Coni Belleau Adams has earned her position as a highly recognized
portrait painter. Coni has painted portraits of distinguished figures
in government, private universities, corporations, the judicial system
and those of celebrity status. Coni's portraits adorn the walls of
hundred's of homes and buildings throughout the country, and have
been featured in many fine magazines and publications.
Former Vice-Chairman Coni Belleau Adams with fellow American
Society of Portrait Artists Board members, Michael Del Priore
(L.) and Gordon Wetmore (R.); also portrait artist Shari Ford.
Coni Belleau Adams has served on the Board of Directors of the New
York Metropolitan Portrait Society, Advisory Board of The
American Society of Portrait Artists as co-chairman and the Board
Of Directors of The American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation.