Sea Shell Pastel Painting

Sea Shell Pastel Painting

Whew! Just finished this in time to make the deadline for a competition. This is “Sea of Textures” pastel on Canson sanded paper. I wanted to do something different for this competition, as well as just to take a break from doing people. Originally, I was just going to do it in shades of gray, but I love the combination of gray tones with bits of color. Also, I felt that it needed several colors to create the look of the inner shell with that glossy translucent quality.

New Madonna Painting

New Madonna Painting

Just finished this pastel painting titled “Reverie”, which is part of my contemplation series. The subject for this portrait of a young woman is Katrina Sherwood, who had posed for me last year. I hope I did her justice, as she has the perfect look for a madonna painting. This piece took me a long time to finish, which was my fault for not planning the drawing and finished image as I should have. I used a reference photo of Katrina, but had to pose for the drapery pose myself. Lots of revisions as I struggled with how best to portray the subject and make all of the elements work together.

IAPS Exhibition

IAPS Exhibition

I am over the moon!! Just got word that my pastel painting “The Writer” has been accepted into the IAPS 28th Juried Exhibition to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. To have my work exhibited at such a prestigious salon like the Salmagundi Club is beyond my wildest dreams.

Bold Brush Award

Bold Brush Award

Excited to find out that my pastel painting “The Rose Tattoo” was chosen as Outstanding Pastel in the Bold Brush Competition for March 2016. See exhibition at http://faso.com/boldbrush/winners/178.

Flight of Fancy

Flight of Fancy

A new work that is part of my “Contemplation” series.”Flight of Fancy”, 18.5 x 26 pastel on Canson sanded paper. This is the largest pastel painting that I have ever done, and it was quite a challenge.

Triton Museum Salon

Triton Museum Salon

Just received the exciting news that my pastel painting “The Rose Tattoo” has been accepted into the Triton Museum of Art Salon 2016 from more than 1450 entries. The exhibition will run April 16 – May 29, 2016 at the museum in Santa Clara, CA.