Gina Pierleoni uses portraiture to spark conversations about empathy and our common humanity. Pierleoni’s images are acts of deep seeing pushing past label and judgments; they "de-separate" us. The Baltimore Sun described Pierleoni’s figures: “gloriously human…there's nothing between them and you to keep them from meeting you head-on. It's hard to get too much of an artist who can convey a sense of self-acceptance and strength even in the knowledge of weakness and fallibility.” She’s represented in 150 private and public collections. Pierleoni’s classes/workshops build connection and strong communities. She’s been teaching adults and children for over 30 years.