In 2005, Rita Cirillo gave up her engineering career to pursue fine art painting. Since then, her work has been in such prominent exhibitions as the Colorado Governor's Art Show, American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America Western Regional, Greenhouse Gallery Salon and Scottsdale Fine Art Salon. Rita says of her depiction of Western subjects:
There is a fascinating dichotomy in the American Frontier Days -- the romance contrasted against the harsh realities. I am seeking to find a balance to show the beauty and the truth of our history in my paintings.
When Rita is not traveling, teaching or painting, she can be found working on her 100+ year-old dream house or hiking the trails around her hometown of Victor, Colorado.