Artist Sharon Visintine of Columbus is known for her portraits.

Artist Sharon Visintine of Columbus is known for her portraits.

After being asked to serve as the New Albany Symphony Orchestra's guest artist for the 2014-15 season, she stayed with that and painted a portrait of the orchestra.

"When (New Albany Symphony Executive Director) Heather (Garner) asked me, that popped into my head -- that it would be nice to do the orchestra -- and when I asked her what she was thinking, she said, 'I'd love to have the orchestra. No one has ever done that,' " Visintine said.

Visintine visited the orchestra and watched a performance before creating the piece that is now being used in the orchestra's promotional materials.

"I liked the colors in that picture and the way it came out -- exaggerated more and not so detailed. It's more like a plein air (open air) or quick painting," she said.

The piece will be auctioned off in May, at the end of the season, as a fundraiser for the orchestra, said Linda Brill, the orchestra's marketing director.

Visintine continues to work with the orchestra as part of its promotional events, most recently painting alongside an orchestra string group at the New Albany Farmers Market.

Visintine, a native of Columbus, has been painting all her life, having been fascinated with drawing and coloring as a child, she said.

She took an art class in high school and studied painting in her 20s.

"I was drawn to portraitures; that's kind of my love, and I found out that's where a lot of my gifts are," she said.

In her 30s and 40s, Visintine raised a family but still found time to paint and sell portraits, she said.

She studied at the Columbus College of Art & Design and became involved with the Portrait Society of America. She is a former society alumna who twice was featured in the society's magazine, The Art of the Portrait.

She is a member and past president of the Collage of Women Artists of Columbus and has work displayed throughout the United States and on permanent display at the Motts Military Museum in Groveport.

Visintine, 70, said she's been painting professionally for the last 30 years.

"I've been blessed with wonderful opportunities, working with families in Columbus and all over," she said.

She currently teaches students at her home on the East Side of Columbus and continues to create work for shows and sales in places such as the Hayley Gallery of New Albany.