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 Sense of Place Art Gallery, 2003 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno, CA.

Funny story today. I was late getting out of work, tired, and on the bus. Just as the bus got to my stop in front of the mall (we live behind the mall), my phone went off. I couldn’t answer it because I was getting off the bus, plus I didn’t recognize the number, so I figured they would leave a voice mail. My phone beeped that there was a voicemail, so I called in case it was something important about work. Much to my shock, it was a Board member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast calling to tell me my pastel painting “Santo” won Best in Show in the Pastels USA 2017 show! I was so shocked, I put my hand over my mouth and burst into tears right out on the sidewalk. It was a dream come true that I never thought would happen. I stood there crying while everyone else just ignored me and walked around me. Since everyone had their noses glued to their phones, no one paid the slightest attention to the silly crying lady on the sidewalk. Well, that’s life in the big city.