Local artist, D.J. Hershman was a child prodigy in art. By the time she was 12, she was in an adult class learning 19th century oil portraiture technique. At the Fine Arts School of Temple University, she also trained in a multiplicity of media, including Renaissance methods of egg-tempura under paintings for oils. At Yale University she studied sculpture with Jose de Rivera, printmaking with Will Barnett, and color theory with the Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Josef Albers.
By the time she was thirty, she had accomplished several one-person shows and exhibited from Washington to Boston. Her work is included in the Library of Congress Print Collection.
A serious chronic illness forced D.J. to abandon her public career as an artist. However, she did continue to paint during periods of remission. In 2005, she began to offer original work to the public. ‘In my mind there is an imaginary museum filled with the best art I have ever seen. My desire is to create art worthy of that Museum,’ say D.J.
She is the inventor of Pixelism: a version of Pointillism in which dots of color are applied with a dental tool. Her subject matter ranges from portraiture to nature in all its varied aspects: landscapes, seascapes, flowers and animals. Her images of the natural world celebrate its beauty and majesty. Her portraits are subtle evocations of mood and character.