J. R. Baldini is from upstate New York where she studied painting and printmaking from a very early age at Munson Williams Proctor School of Art, now part of Pratt.
Having spent 30 years painting on tiny and exotic islands and the Niagara Peninsula, she now resides there with well known Canadian photographer husband Charles Vandersluys and their Silky terrier Bebe Star.
J, R. is referred by the National Gallery of Canada as the only Contemporary artist painting Niagara Falls, painting Niagara over and over for the same reason Monet painted his haystacks, the ever changing quality of light.
“Painting en plein air has the capability of transferring internal communication to the viewer very successfully. A metaphysical immersion happens when you're drawn to a plein air painting – you're engaged in the atmosphere the painting was created in, connected to a moment in time,” says Baldini.
J. R. founded International Plein Air Painters in 2001, hosting the annual Great Worldwide Paint Out bringing artists from all over North America to Niagara to paint, as the Executive Director and a Signature member of IPAP .
J. R. is currently showing at the NEW CENTURY ARTISTS Gallery in Manhattan and the GREEN DRAKE gallery in PA.,as part of the WORLD TOUR OF CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE ARTISTS that she has been a founding member of since 2007. She's been a juror for numerous plein air events and been published in many art and travel magazines. She has taught workshops in St. Lucia for eight years, Maine for many more, Niagara Falls, Florida, SC and new locations including a 'Greek Muse' painting tour of the Greek Islands in the Fall. J. R. is a Master Photographer, she's been inducted in the Niagara Falls Arts & Culture Wall of Fame and is currently writing and illustrating a book on art and psychology and a children’s book on celebrating what makes us different.