Best in Show Win

Unbelievable news!! I read the email several times and even emailed them to confirm that my eyes weren't deceiving me. My pastel painting "The Rose Tattoo" won Best of Show in the Richeson75 Figure/Portrait competition!!! My heart-felt thanks to Molly M. Johnson, the...

Santo Wins Best in Show

Still in shock to find out my pastel painting "Santo" won Best in Show in the Pastels USA 2017 show. I am deeply grateful and humbled because I've seen the other gorgeous work in the show by exceptional artists. The Pastels USA Show runs Sept 10 through Oct 21 at A...

Inspiration Pastel Painting

Just finished this pastel painting in time for a show deadline. "Inspiration" is an 18x24 pastel painting on sanded paper. It is part of my Contemplation series, depicting the desire for inspiration, which can be artistic, literature, poetry, religious, etc. Thanks to...

Pastel and Metal Leaf Painting

This is "Santo" a pastel and silver leaf painting on Strathmore toned gray 400 series. The image is 16 x 20. I wanted the moon behind the model's head to like a halo, plus he had such a look of innocent wonder on his face. Thanks to my beautiful model John Carrasco....

Charcoal and Pastel Drawing 2

This is "Untitled-Female" , the companion piece to "Untitled-Male". The two drawings can hang together or separately. Regardless if they are paired, I hope each drawing engages the viewer in an internal dialogue. It is a 14x14 charcoal and pastel drawing on Rives BFK...

Magic Ball Man Portrait Prize

Gobsmacked and over the moon to find out that my pastel portrait painting "Magic Ball Man" won 1st place in the Portraits category of the Heaven Art Gallery Competition. This also means that my work will now be represented by the Heaven Art Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ....

Honorable Mention Award

Surprised and excited to find out that my pastel painting The Rose Tattoo won Honorable Mention in the ASC Solitude 8 online competition. I can't wait to start working on a new project with this great model.

Figurative Painting Award

Just received the exciting news. My pastel portrait painting "The Gold Bangle" won Judge's Choice in the Contemporary Art Gallery Online Figurative/Portrait Competition 2017. This is the best inspiration to work harder. Realistic art is difficult because I don't want...

Charcoal and Pastel Drawing

This is "Untitled-Male" a 14x14 charcoal and pastel drawing on Rives BFK paper. Although a smaller work, it will be framed out to 18x18. I decided not to give it a title so as not to impose any particular theme. I want the viewer to wonder: is he sad? Tired? Guilty?...

Magic Ball Man Portrait

This is "Magic Ball Man" a 16 x 20 pastel on Rives BFK paper. Prints are available at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/magic-ball-man-rita-romero.html The Magic Ball Man is a very talented entertainer from York in UK. I was fascinated by his look, which inspired me...

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