Abigail Synnestvedt found her passion for painting while in high school. After graduating in 2007 she studied for three years at the Barnstone Studios in Allentown. She continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) working closely with her mentors, realist painters Peter Van Dyck and Carolyn Pyfrom. She graduated from PAFA in 2015 with a BFA and Certificate of Painting and was granted the Faculty Award of her graduating class. During her time at the Barnstone Studios and at PAFA Abigail began teaching and mentoring students. Her most recent teaching positions include Teaching Assistant for Peter Van Dyck’s PAFA Atelier and Art Instructor at the Academy of the New Church High School. Abigail is a two time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and currently resides in Emmaus Pennsylvania.