Wednesday, October 17, 2018

David Decobert

The Siesta © David Decobert
Name: David Decobert
URL: https://www.daviddecobert.fr/
Bio: “Then felt I like some watcher of the skies/When a new planet swims into his ken”. Keats said it for me, when I first saw the pastels of David Decobert. His is a unique talent, his paintings immediately recognisable, humorous and witty, and immensely skillful.
David was born in Paris in 1967. Self-taught, he painted his first pastels in the late 1990s. Since then, his meticulous chiaroscuro approach has won him numerous awards. He has been exhibiting since the early 2000s.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects : Imaginative Still life.
Style: Precise, meticulous, illustrative..
Navigation: The website is in French, but easy to follow.
Gallery: Pinocchio; Vies Silencieuses (Silent Lives); Pantins (Puppets).
Image View: Information is given on dimension, and close-ups are provided on each gallery page under the Details section. Images may be saved. The Siesta is  30 x 40 cms, 1200 x 800, 536 KB
Demo: Videos on site
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Deborah Damgaard-Hansen

Miss Pepper on the Edge © Deborah Damgaard-Hansen
Name: Deborah Damgaard-Hansen
URLhttps://deborahdhansen.com/
Bio: Born 195i in Minnesota, Deborah Damgaard-Hansen learned to paint in college, and too additional private instruction in classical and plein air painting. After ten years in Norway, Deborah moved to Denmark in 2002, on the far northwest, in Thy, between the west coast and the Limfjord waterway. This is where she mostly paints, weather permitting, but also in other parts of Denmark, especially the architecture of Copenhagen.

Windmill on a Cloudy Day © Deborah Damgaard-Hansen
Deborah has won awards in the IAPS, and the Pastel Guild of Europe.
Medium: Pastel

Subjects : Landscape, Still life. Deborah says: Since it's ofter rainy or windy or a wild combination of both...it's not always possible to venture out to paint.I then explore Denmark inside: the odd bits and pieces of daily life - most often retro and antique things, from which I compose a still life..
Style: Loose, Painterly.
Navigation: This FASO website may be explored in English or in Danish
Gallery: Landscape in Denmark; Boats and Water in Denmark; On the Streets; Landscape other locales; Still Life; Botanical; Archive

Image View: Images reveal details of size and title on mouseover, which means that they cannot be downloaded. Miss Pepper on the Edge is 55 x 70 cm; Windmill on a Cloudy Day is 30 x 40.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sharon Pomales

Agnus Dei omnes © Sharon Pomales
Name: Sharon Pomales PSA
URL: https://www.sharonpomales.com/
Bio: Born 1970 and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sharon Pomales is a contemporary realist artist working in oil and pastel. At the age of seven she took drawing lessons with renowned Argentinean portrait artist Antonio Gantes. Sharon kept studying drawing and painting with her father, Raul Pomales-Ledee, a watercolor artist, commercial illustrator and Art Director who worked in Advertising in San Juan and was her mentor and teacher until he passed away in Orlando, FL in 2006. Sharoin studied Visual Arts for 3 years at Sacred Heart University with artists Mary Ann MacKinnon and Rafael Marquez. A few years later she returned to college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
She returned to painting full-time in 2007 and in July 2008 her piece “Self-portrait/heartbroken” was chosen to be part of the prestigious 15th Annual Auction of Latin American Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since moving to Ohio in 2012 she has exhibited at various galleries, institutions, and museums nationwide and internationally. Her work has been featured in various publications, including the February 2018 ussue of the Pastel Journal. Sharon is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, International Guild of Realism, Allied Artists of America, and is a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and the Pastel Society of America.
​Her work is represented by Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects : Still life.
Style: Contemporary realist
Gallery/ Image View: Click on the image under “Paintings” to scroll through her pastels and oils.
Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is only possible as WebP files, which need a convertor to view. Click on the camera icon for Instagram to view more of her work. Agnus Dei omnes is 36”x24”
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Tom Beasley

Cielo Azul II.© Tom Beasley
Name: Tom Beasley
URL: https://tbeasley.com/
Bio: Tom Beasley was born in 1950 in Beeville, Texas, and still lives there. He painted in oils as a hobby while in undergraduate school at the University of Texas, then went on to study law. After being away from art for 40 years, he was encouraged to take it up again at around 62 years of age by an unusual series of circumstances. (See Tom's website for more on this.)
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: The natural world, especially south and southwest Texas.
Style: Representational; a distilled simplicity.
Navigation: A FASO website
Gallery: South Texas; Texas Coast; Southwest Texas
Image View: Large thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is possible. Cielo Azul II is 28 x 20 ins.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Kathy Hildebrandt

First Loves © Kathy Hildebrandt
Name: Kathy Hildebrandt, ASA, SCA, PAC, MPAC, PSA, IAPS/MC
URL: https://www.kathyhildebrandt.com/
Bio: Kathy Hildebrandt is an international award winning artist whose primary medium is pastel. She is a self taught artist who also paints in several mediums. Her interest in art began in the mid 1980’s but was put on hold while she pursued her Certified Management Accountant designation and career. in 2001 Kathy started to seriously pursue art, focusing initially on landscape painting. While still working in oil, acrylic, and graphite, pastels are now her medium of choice. The immediacy of pastels, along with the luscious colors and textures captivated her and allows her to achieve her artistic visions. She has pursued her studies in pastel with Dianna Ponting, Gaye Adams, Roberta Combs.
Kathy is a full time professional artist and an instructor in all mediums at Green Palette Art Studio in Calgary. She is a signature member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists, Pastel Artists Canada, the International Guild of Realism, Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Pastel Society of America. Kathy has received Master Pastellist status with Pastel Artists Canada and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Currently (2017) she is the on the Board of Directors of two Canadian art associations. She is the Secretary of the Society of Canadian Artists and the Vice President and Director of Pastel Artists, CA.
Medium: Pastel; oil; Acrylic; watercolour.
Subjects : Still life.
Style: While drawn to many painting styles, realism is where Kathy# heart lies. She strives to capture all the details and the likeness of her subjects as she sees them. She is intrigued by detail and excited by vibrant color.
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page.
Gallery: Still Life; Old News Series; Games Pieces Series; Toys in the Attic Series; It’s all in the Title Series.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is only possible as WebP files, which need a convertor to view. First Loves is 24 x 23 ins.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dominique Houard

Bonbons © Dominique Houard
Name: Dominique Houard
URL: https://www.dominiquehouard.com/
Bio: French artist Dominique Houard was born October 1968, youngest of four girls. She studied art and literature at college(Lycée Jules Renard, Nevers), and pursued her artistic formation by studying the greats, and especially the techniques of realisim and trompe-l’oeil. Settled in central France, in La Charité-sur-Loire in the Nièvre. This is where she undertook her artistic studies and researches, supported also by Jacques Poirier, master of Trompe-l'oeil, with whom she discovered an affinity in 1996.
Dominique Houard has exhibited her work frequently, at the Taylor Foundation as well as at major Salons, and amongst a group of Realists, directed by Henri Cadiou, but always keeping to her personal style, made of passion for details, tricks and mystery. She gathers improbable things, from past and present, and arranges them around a riddle, of which the solution can only be found in playing the game, being guided through a universe at the same time familiar, strange and disturbing. Astonishingly precise, even in pastel, she creates a strange atmosphere without seeming to have touched anything. Even her signature is a creative placement.
She is a silver medal holder since 2013 of the society of Académique Arts/Sciences/Lettres. Dominique was awarded Master status by the French Pastel Society in 2015, with whom she first exhibited in Feytiat, 2002.
Medium: Pastel; oil;
Subjects : Still life. Her work is reminiscent of that of Kathy Hildebrandt and Kari Tirrell.
Style: Realistic, playful, trompe-l’oeil
Navigation: This website is in French. Main menu remains at top of page.
Gallery: The galleries are arranged chronologically, and by medium.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and larger images may be scrolled. Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is not possible. Bonbons is 43 x 80 cms.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Silja Salmistu

Rowanberries © Silja Salmistu
Name: Silja Salmistu
URL: http://www.salmistu.dk/426748872
Bio: Silja Salmistu is an Estonian living in Denmark. She graduated from Tartu Art School (Est) in 1986 as a designer-decorator, and from Tartu University in 1994 as a painter. She has participated in exhibitions since 1987, mostly in Estonia, but also in England, Finland and Denmark where she moved Denmark in 2002. She is a recent Pastel 100 Award winner.
Medium: Pastel; oil; watercolour
Subjects : Still life, flowers, landscape.
"Painting still life,  a silent existence of ordinary things, fruits and flowers, is a meditative process."
Style: Representational. But very loose and expressive.
"The Estonian artist Silja Salmistu has taken the simple composition and illustrates the still life genre as a living tradition, which also can accommodate changing opportunities. She uses traditional composition where there is both an awareness of tradition and of renewal to trace her pictures. Silja creates a visual and spatial expression, where she provides space for various familiar elements, such as flowers, vases, fruits, tables, chairs, books, pictures and other little things – things which make a kind of game of miming reality.
Silja has a great compositional ability, where she with a relatively simple and efficient installation creates dialogue between the different things and allows as much space and value as possible. She lets different contrasting objects play against each other's shape, color, texture and size. The light which is an important factor in Siljas images, capturing her in a very special way, so you get the feeling of light wrapping around the objects and give them life in a wonderful play of colours."

Commentary rephrased, from Kirsten-Marie Hedeland, Art Critic and writer at the Danish Art Magazine Kunstavisen
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page.
Gallery: Pastel Paintings; Oil Paintings; Pencilwork; Watercolour. See also Archive
Image View: Vertical slice images intrigue you to explore further. Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is possible. Rowanberries is 27 x 35 cms., 1280x960, 482 KB.
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