Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charles Peer

Headed South © Charles Peer
Name: Charles Peer
Bio: Charles Peer received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arkansas in 1979.  In 1990 he moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas to take up a teaching position in the Department of Visual Arts at John Brown University. In addition to serving as professor he is also Director of the university’s Fine Arts Gallery. 
Peer is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Ozark Pastel Society. He has served as a guest artist for many arts organizations, the juror for regional competitions and the leader of pastel workshops. His artwork has garnered many awards, including the President’s Award at the Northwest Pastel Society’s 28th Annual International Open Exhibit 2014, an Honorable Mention in the Richeson 74 Landscapes, Seascapes & Architecture Exhibition in 2014 and Best of Show at the Ozark Pastel Society in 2012 and 2013. Peer’s work was included in Best of American Pastel Artists. In 2010 he was selected as the summer Artist-in-Residence for the Buffalo National River. He is represented by Gallery Central, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style and Technique: Peer uses his native Arkansas as the framework for exploring his interest and love of colour. “I have a particular interest in color combinations that create a richness of surface, an inner glow or that make a painting ‘sing’. My goal is to combine the beauty of the landscape with the immediacy of drawing and the magic of interesting color. My chosen materials are soft pastels on a hand textured and painted surface. All of this is in an attempt to develop that color richness I am looking for.”
Navigation: No problems with this clear, rewarding website.
Gallery: Current Artwork; Archived Artwork
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrollable viewer where they are labelled with title and dimension; their are a generous size and make a fine show ; also they may be downloaded.  Headed South is 18 x 28 ins, 1500 x 956, 1.32 MB.
Demo/Blog: No

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiziana Ceschin

Majesty © Tiziana Ceschin
Name: Tiziana Ceschin
Bio: Tiziana Ceschin lives in Rome, Italy and now works and teaches at her studio and in the silence of the Lazio countryside.
Fascinated since childhood Tiziana by colours and the design, she studied graphic arts, and tried all the techniques of painting, before specializing in oil paint, acrylic, and pastel. Her love for animals, especially cats, led her to master the techniques to be able to paint with precision in these three mediums, making her portraits extremely realistic and expressive.
To further refine her technique in pastel, Tiziana studied with master wildlife artist Eric Wilson, bringing even more realism and detail in the construction of the hair and in the study of the effects of light and shadow.
Tiziana is the author of a book of six projects for those with no formal artistic background, who have the desire to learn to paint. The projects are accompanied by photos, drawings, and all the steps required to complete the projects.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions; including two installations dedicated to wildlife, where artist has presented her paintings of wild African cats.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic; oil
Subjects: Animals; Portraits. I came upon Tiziana on Facebook and was greatly impressed by her portraits. But she has mostly wildlife and cats on her website.
Style: Realistic rendering of wildlife
Navigation: This website is in Italian. It is neat, well-organized, and navigable.
Gallery: Maestosita (Majesty); I cuccioli e il gioco (Puppies and play); Sogno di liberta (Dreams of freedom); Predatore (Predators); Specchio del'anima (Mirror of the soul).
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on the same page, where they may be scrolled; they may not be downloaded. Medium is often omitted; and dimension is not regularly noted.
Demo, Blog: No
Facebook : Yes

Monday, March 2, 2015

Andrée Launay

Jeux de lumiére  © Andrée Launay
Name: Andrée Launay
Bio: Andrée Launay lives in Le Grand-Quevilly, Normandy, and is a primarily self-taught artist. She studied drawing and painting in Rouen and Paris respectively, and three years of life drawing from 2007-1010. although she has studied with several pastellists (including professional artists of the Société des Pastellistes de France) She has exhibited widely in juried French Salons, including those at Livry-Gargan, Yvelines, and Giverny, and has been the recipient of several awards for her work.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes; vegetation; portraits.
Style: Representational, somewhat naive, but attractive.
In her own words : La peinture a toujours été pour moi une passion. Simplement elle a été mise longtemps entre parenthèses, étant prise par la vie familiale et professionnelle.Après m’être essayée à différentes techniques, le pastel m’a paru correspondre le mieux à ma sensibilité par sa richesse, sa douceur, les subtilités qu’il offre et la variété de ses nuances. Je me suis investie plus complètement depuis 2007 en approfondissant mes connaissances avec des cours ainsi que dans divers ateliers. J’ai également enrichi ma technique auprès de pastellistes chevronnés qui m’ont ouvert des perspectives nouvelles, et je poursuis toujours un travail en atelier.
Navigation: The website is in French, powered by, neat and modern in conception unlike so many
Gallery: Au bord de l’eau (waterside); Côté terre (land side); Portraits; Natures mortes (Stil life)
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer (click on Grand Format) and scroll vertically. Alternatively, click on Diaporama for a Slideshow. Download is not possible. Jeux de lumiére is 65 x 50 cms.
Demo : No

Monday, February 23, 2015

Claude and Claudine Vallepin

Le Forgeron  © Claude Vallepin
Name: Claude and Claudine Vallepin
Bio: Two for the price of one, is the boast of hasband and wife team Claude Vallepin and Claudine Mercier-Vallepin. Both are self-taught artists, who have taken courses with professional French pastellists, including Alain Victor,Thierry Citron, Maxime Bochet, Patrick Henry, Cécile Houel (and husband David Garrison) and UK born French resident Penelope Milner.
Both artists have exhibited widely in the French pastel Salons, including Giverny and Saint Aulaye.
Medium: Pastel; Watercolour
Subjects: Still Life; Landscape; People; Genre.
Style: Representational
Navigation: This website is in French. It is not slick although it appears to have been professionally designed. However, it is navigable.
Gallery: Galerie Claude; Galerie Claudine.
Image View:  Thumbnails in the various sub-galleries enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Medium is stated, but dimensions rarely. Images may be saved.
Demo, Blog: No.
La Paillasse  © Claudine Vallepin

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lara Scouller

Okapi  © Lara Scouller
Name: Lara Scouller
Bio: Lara Scouller graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, 2006. She has been a busy artist since then, with three solo exhibitions to date, and numerous other shows including the prestigious Mall Galleries, London – The Pastel Society 2007-9; 2013-2014 (where she won the the Pastel Society Young Artist Award in 2013); and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, 149th, 150th and 151st Annual Exhibition.
Lara has been featured in many publications, including The Artist Magazine, April 2014; and the Wildlife Art Special, Artists and Illustrators, Nov 2013. Most recently her work was showcased in the Pastel Journal, February 2015.
Collections include:  Bell Pettigrew Museum, St Andrews, The University of Dundee, and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Lara says: My fascination for zoological museums began when I was awarded the John Kinross Scholarship to Florence in 2006. It was there that I stumbled upon the Museo La Specola. Although some of the objects on display were slightly macabre, a large number of the specimens caught my attention and laid the foundation for a continued fascination with this subject matter.
Since then I have travelled extensively in search for similar subjects including several lengthy stays in Tring which houses one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. Closer to home I have found Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the D’arcy Thompson’s Zoology Museum in Dundee, Aberdeen’s Zoology collection and lately St. Andrews Bell Pettigrew Museum to be rich sources of material.
Lara has also been in Dublin to visit the Dead Zoo (aka the Natural History Museum) and the Natural History Collection Research building in Beggar's Bush.
Medium: Pastel; conté.
Subjects: Animals; People
Style: Illustrative, lively sketches.
Navigation: A Wordpress website. Clear, clean website.
Gallery: Beasts; Birds; Boats; People
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on the same page, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Her pastel Okapi (21 3/4 x 30 ¾), won the Plein Air Prize and Millers The City Art Shop Prize at the Paisley Art Institute, Scottish Drawing Competition 2007.
Demo : No
Blog: Yes, at

Friday, January 16, 2015

Helen Rowles

Hollywood © Helen Rowles
Name: Helen Rowles
Bio: Helen Norsigian Rowles was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, to first generation American parents of Armenian descent. Her Armenian cultural roots both shaped and influenced her childhood. Helen's mother was an artist and the St. Louis Art Museum was a frequent outing for the family, just across the Mississippi River. The first major exhibit Helen saw as a child was a retrospective showing of Van Gogh's paintings that has remained clear in her mind to this day. 
Helen received a BFA from Arizona State University in 1983. Through college she painted scenery for The Lyric Opera Theatre and participated in several group showings. Helen was awarded a Board of Regents scholarship based on her portfolio and after graduating, she worked as an interior designer, and as a freelance artist painting and drawing portraits, illustrations, and murals. Helen received her MA (Ed) from the University of Phoenix in 2008 and currently enjoys teaching studio art classes to adults at the Mesa Arts Center.
Helen had her first solo exhibition in 2002 at the Armenian Cultural Center in Scottsdale, and has exhibited consistently since then. She has one numerous awards including Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award, in 2013. She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the Arizona Art Alliance, the Mesa Art League, the East Valley Artists Guild, and the Arizona Pastel Association.
Medium: Pastel; pencil on wood; graphite
Subjects: Varied – see Gallery
Style: Representational, colorist.
Navigation: Not a difficult site to navigate, although there is inevitably some overlap in the galleries, which all remain accessible from any page.
Gallery: In my world; Pastel; Scarves of Heaven; Figurative; Still Life; Graphite; Landscape; Animals.
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may not be downloaded.  Hollywood is 18 x 24 ins.
Demo: Yes, look under Technique.
Blog: No

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Susanne Mull

Skagen 11 © Susanne Mull
Name: Susanne Mull
Bio:  Born in Hanover, Germany, in 1967,  Susanne Mull has lived and worked in Ingelheim since 1992. Her art education consisted of regular courses with renowned artists at home and abroad, including the Oppenheimer Summer Academy, the Academy of Mainz, studying with Dietmar Gross, and numerous study trips to Europe, USA, Asia.
A professional artist since 2002,  and since 2013 Member of the Künstlersonderbund, Her awards include the Pastel 100 in Landscape and Interior; and 1st in Portrait; at the 1st Salon International Pastel d’Opale, in Northern France, she was awarded 1st Place -  Grand Prix du Salon.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; Portraits
Style: Representational. With the Skagen series Susanne brings us to the northern tip of Jutland,  Denmark. Clouds and light are constantly in motion and give it a multitude of opportunities, stimulating the viewer's imagination in a poetic way. The wildlife refuge of Lebertsau, remniscent of the Marais Poitevin,  is rendered in sympathetic tones that emulate watercolour.
Navigation: This website is in German, but not difficult to negotiate.
Gallery: Galerie: Skagen; Hommage an Rheinessen; Portrait; Lebertsau
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Skagen 11 is 60 x 78 cm; 640 x 476, 171 KB.
Blog: No