Image at top of page: Sylvia holding her Granny doll. Sylvia's mother, Virginia, lived with hearing loss. She found the doll a fun way to break the ice and meet new friends.
Home page portrait: Uncle Emil was Max Reinhardt's great uncle. In the 1930's, Emil lived near Munich and would join Max's family near Augsburg for trips to the country. A German Jew, Emil was last seen in 1937.
In 2005, a photo of Emil was discovered among family papers. From the image, Sylvia created the portrait which has since become an award-winning art show favorite and an abiding reminder of the preciousness of life.
Below: Sylvia near her Virginia home enjoying Natural Bridge.
Sylvia, the artist, Reinhardt paints in oils, encaustic, watercolor or anything that leaves color behind the brush, pen or stick. She makes dolls and puppets and other creatures from cloth, polymer clay, papier mache, wood, found objects, or whatever looks interesting.
She loves painting portraits, landscapes, still life, floral and abstract on canvas, wood, furniture, music instrument carriers, walls, doors, or sidewalks.
She lives with her husband, Max, in Florida and Virginia.
For a free consultation, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Waynesboro's News Virginian. (Bolding by website administrator.)
In Lyndhurst, the old train station was open for view. Saved by Max and Sylvia Reinhardt, they made the station their home and have created and carved out a comfortable living room with sofas with paintings adorning each inch of wallspace (article image below). The original waiting room for train passengers has been turned into a bedroom and Sylvia’s actual studio is outside in a separate area.
"I started painting on my own at age 30," she said. "I was lucky to have found some great teachers.”