Award winning Portrait Artist Arlene Horton's recognition as an artist began in 1955 when she received the Saint Gaudens Medal from the Metropolitan Museum of Art upon graduating from Morris High School in the Bronx.
In 1959 she earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in Fashion Design.
As Bill Stuttig wrote about Arlene Horton in a recent Co-op City Times article, "But, as is the case with most people, life takes its turns and what you do for the bulk of your life sometimes has little to do with what you were trained for."
She married and did not become interested in art again until she joined a senior citizen's art class in Co-op City in the year 2000. Though her work was well received, she realized that she needed academic training and began studying portrait painting at the School of Visual Arts, learning from the portrait painter Marvin Mattelson with whom she studied with for four years.
She received a great amount of inspiration and insight from Marvin Mattelson, and through him can trace her artistic lineage to such artists as Jean Leon Gerome, William Bougerau, Paul DeLaroche and Jacques Louis David.
During the same period of time she studied drawing and anatomy at The Art Students League under Michael Burban, Costas Vavagiaki, Lenoid Gervitz and Sherry Camhy. In addition, she studied drawing with Dan Thompson at his atelier on 23rd street.
Arlene Horton is a member of the historic Pen & Brush Club, Salmagundi, National Association of Women Artists, The American Portrait Society and Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition as well as a registered artist with the American Kennel Club.
Her portraits have won both first place and honorable mention in nationwide juried art competitions. Though she paints portraits, landscapes, still life and genre, her favorite subject is animals.
Her paintings are in private collections in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, California and Japan.
She also has paintings in a collection at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.