Saturday, April 24, 2010

In Memoriam Jerry Power, PSA

Jerry Power passed away in September 2009. This post is a tribute to him, and an encouragement to all to view his achievement. I don’t know how long the site can remain online without maintenance, but I would urge you to see his paintings before the opportunity is lost forever.
Note: As of this revision, January 2012, this website no longer exists.
Jerry Power started painting in 1989, when his wife signed him up for a pastel class, but he became a serious painter 10 years later after retiring from a management position with Ameritech. He belonged to several art organizations including the Great Lakes Pastel Society, and the Michigan Plein Air Painters. He was proud to be a master painter with the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association, a signature member of The Pastel Society of America, and a member of the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Jerry loved to teach. This is what he had to say about the undertaught art of squinting:

I found squinting to be the most important technique that I use. It was never taught and isn't really a part of any how-to-draw-and-paint publications. Maybe it can't be taught and just has to come from experience. Squinting down your subject sounds simple, but it takes awhile to understand what it really means. There are degrees of squinting and different approaches, depending on what you are squinting for. Are you squinting to determine shades and patterns? Are you looking for movement or an abstract design? Clarifying color value or the right temperature? Deciding on composition, blocking out distractions, softening edges, establishing contrasts? Or are you just making a busy scene appear simple?

Believe me, squinting is the best tool. I have seen artists or students squint when they start a painting because they were told they should, and after they have started the painting, never squint again. If you continue to use the squinting process while you paint, you can help keep your center of interest from getting lost. You know where to keep your sharpest contrasts. You won't lose the basic design and movement of space and form. It will keep you from losing your measurements, which may have been covered over. Squinting really helps you choose the soft and hard edges that make a painting work.

The quote above comes from American Artist, March 2003.

In the April 2009 issue of The Pastel Journal, Robert K. Carsten devoted an article to Jerry Power on the occasion of his being awarded the Art Spirit Foundation/Dianne Bernhard Silver Medal Award for Excellence.

Denise LaRue Mahlke

Name: Denise LaRue Mahlke
Bio: Like Garrett Middaugh, Denise LaRue Mahlke draws inspiration from the rugged landscape and vast sky of the American West and the subtle beauty and diversity of her native Texas. Denise showed an early interest in drawing and was taking classes with Simon Michael by the time she was 10. Workshops with Bob Rohm and T. Allen Lawson encouraged her to work in the great outdoors so that she now teaches plein air painting in pastels and oils.
Denise is a board member and former president of the Central Texas Pastel Society, and a member of Plein Air Austin and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Her work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art's Artists to Watch, The Pastel Journal, and Western Art Collector and she had been placed in the Pastel Journals’s annual Pastel 100 in both Wildlife and Landscape categories.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available except on gallery pages, where you must return to main gallery page to select the next gallery of choice. Site last updated January 2009.
Gallery: Available Work; Sold Work; Archived Work.
Image View: Unlabelled thumbnails enlarge in new window as sequential slideshow; this is where information is available. There is no impediment to downloading the image. Cooler weather is 12x16. (You may also view some of Denise’s work at the Insight Gallery ).
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Garrett Middaugh

Name: Garrett Middaugh
Bio: This Texan is a landscape artist working in oils and pastels, painting mostly in Texas and New Mexico. Gary has been exhibiting since 1984 and has been a prizewinner at the PSA. Chevron offices in Houstin, New Orleans and Alaska are graced with Garrett’s pastels, as is the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
Medium: Pastel, acrylic, oils.
Subjects: Landscape; trees; florals..
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu always available. A spare, uncomplicated, website.
Gallery: Gallery 1 (three pages of mostly pastels); Gallery 2 (three pages of mostly oils and acrylics).
Image View: Thumbnails open in new window as sequential slideshow. These enlargements may be saved. Information on medium and size is attached to all images. Bromeliad is 24x36 ins, 500x335, 226 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Timothy John-Luke Smith

Name: Timothy John-Luke Smith, PSA.
Bio: Timothy John-Luke Smith was born in 1966 in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Timothy studied in the classical tradition of drawing and painting from the age of 15 and was accepted into the High School of Art & Design in New York City where he studied with Irwin Greenberg and Max Ginsberg.
After graduation with a Regents Art Diploma, in June of 1985, he took art history classes at Long Island University, Southampton, NY. During this year he found the work of the French Neo-Classicists and the French Academic schools to be the guiding lights for his technical study of painting and drawing. Next September he began studying at the Art Students' League under George Passantino and at the National Academy School of Fine Arts under Harvey Dinnerstein and Ron Sherr. Soon after, he received a full-tuition scholarship at the Academy. Harvey taught him pastels as a painting medium and they were immediately embraced by Timothy.
His favorite artists are still the oil painters of the Neo-Classical and French Academic schools and his pastel paintings have the look and feel of an oil painting. Timothy painted his pastels in a self-prepared wooden support – see his videos for an understanding of his technique.
Timothy was elected Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America in 2006.
Medium: Pastel on wood.
Subjects: Figurative.
Style: Realistic treatment of subject.
Navigation: Website is available in English and in Spanish. The main menu stays on all pages except on the Resume page, where you must use the PC’s back button to return to the previous page.
Gallery: Paintings; Drawings.
Image View: There are two pages of thumbnails (a third is promised but doesn’t exist) under the Paintings link. Images enlarge on a new page with details of support, medium, dimension and artist’s comments. Use the right click option to open these images. They may be saved. File sizes are very large. Currency #2 is 2421x1507, 318 KB. The original, painted on wood, is 24x36 ins.
Demo: Videos page has 13 videos that are posted on YouTube, starting with the Underpainting for a Pastel Painting.
Blog: Yes, but no entries since 2008.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Maggie Price

Name: Maggie Price, RIP.
Bio: Maggie Price majored in Fine Art, University of Missouri-Kansas City: 1979-1981. She has studied privately with Albert Handell, Eric Michaels, Elizabeth Mowry and others. In 1999 she founded the Pastel Journal, with Janie Hutchinson, for which the art world owes her an enduring debt of gratitude. Maggie became a Signature Member, Pastel Society of America, in 2006 and was elected member of the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club, New York City in 2009. On November 6, 2009, Maggie received the Distinguished Pastelist honor from the Pastel Society of New Mexico, the first in that category to be given by the society.
Update April 2013: Maggie Price passed away in April 2013. She was married to fellow artist Bill Canright.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Publications: Painting with Pastels: Easy Techniques to Master the Medium. North Light Books,2007.
ISBN-10: 1581808194
ISBN-13: 978-1581808193
Prolific author of articles and features on the subject of pastels, especially in the magazine she founded in 1999, The Pastel Journal
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top of page. Galleries menu also remains available except if you open an enlarged image on a new page by left clicking.
Gallery: Southwest Scenes; Water and Reflections; Potpourri; Europe; Britain.
Image View: Each gallery page consists of large thumbnails that open as enlarged images on a new page when clicked (use the right click/open in new tab or page option to keep the gallery page open). Both thumbnails and enlargements are labelled with medium and dimension. Images may be saved. Rocks and Reflections  is 11 x20 ins., 600x472, 338 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: Maggie and Bill shared this blog.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Bill Canright

Name: Bill Canright, PSA.
Bio: At age fourteen Bill Canright started his art career as a self-taught painter in oils, inspired by a book on Greek mythology illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, and some reproductions of works by various members of the Hudson River School. By the time he was old enough for art school, the focus was on non-representational art, which did not interest him so he embarked on a career in product illustration, and then art direction and creative work in advertising. After years in the commercial art world, Bill returned to painting almost full time. He has studied and taken workshops with Glenna Hartmann, Iva Morris, Albert Handell, Eric Michaels, Maggie Price, Sam Goodsell, and Doug Dawson.
Bill was Advertising and Marketing Director, The Pastel Journal from 1999-2004, founded by his wife, Maggie Price, who passed away in April 2013.
Bill Canright and Maggie Price shared a studio in New Mexico.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top of page. Galleries menu also remains available except if you open an enlarged image on a new page by left clicking.
Gallery: Southwest Scenes; Seascapes; Rivers and Lakes; International Scenes; Scenes of Scotland; This and That.
Image View: Each gallery page consists of large thumbnails that open as enlarged images on a new page when clicked (use the right click/open in new tab or page option to keep the gallery page open). Both thumbnails and enlargements are labelled with medium and dimension. Images may be saved. The River Tay is 16x20 ins, 600x480, 90 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: Bill and Maggie share this blog.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Carole Katchen

Name: Carole Katchen, PSA
Bio: Carole Katchen was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1944. By the time she was 21, she was already an established freelance magazine writer. By 1969 she had decided that she wanted to become an artist. She studied art at West Valley College in Northern California and received their Outstanding Achievement in Art Award.
Many of her early works were graphics with a strong sense of design. From the beginning Katchen’s favorite painting subjects were people. She was included in Who’s Who in American Art in 1986. She was awarded Master Pastellist status with the American Pastel Society in 1996. Shortly after 2000 Katchen began to produce bronze sculptures of the chefs and society figure that people her paintings. Her whimsical drawings of women are seen in all of the art for the off Broadway play, Menopause the Musical, 2002. Carole combines humour with talent – she is an original in the sometimes precious world of art.
Carole Katchen loves to share her passion and knowledge of art with her fellow artists. She has authored 14 fine-art instruction books, and has been a contributing writer to The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist and The Pastel Journal. Her total book sales are over 1 million copies.
Medium: Pastel, Oil, Bronze.
Subjects: Characters.
Selected Publications: Express Yourself with Pastel. International Artist Books, Australia, 2001.
200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists. North Light Books, 1998.
How To Get Started Selling Your Art. North Light Books, 1996.
Make Your Watercolours Look Professional. North Light Books 1995.
Painting with Passion. North Light Books, 1994.
Dramatize your Paintings with Tonal Values. North Light Books, 1993.
Creative Painting with Pastel. North Light Books, 1991.
Style: Whimsical.
Navigation: Main menu remains available either at the side or on the top of the page. You cannot go directly from one gallery to another.
Gallery: Chefs; High Society; Florals; Landscapes; Entertainers; Asian Art; Commisssions; Sculptures.
Image View: All (sizeable) thumbnails enlarge on new page when clicked. There is no information on medium (clearly pastel in most cases) or on image size. However I noted a typical chef image in the Pastel Journal as 26x18 ins. Downloads are possible.
Demo: On the Links page there are links to two video demonstrations (effectively two halves of the same demo).
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mary Aslin

Name: Mary Aslin, PSA
Bio: Mary was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and, at a young age, moved with her family to the Pacific Northwest area of southern Oregon.
She later studied cartography at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Art returned to her life and drawing from the live model began as soon as her children were of school age. Mary started with oil painting, moved to watercolour for several years, returned to oil and then finally, and most recently, has worked in soft pastel.
After moving back to Washington state, she continued to refine her skills, studying with Ned Mueller, Alex Powers, Teresa Saia, and through an advanced figure painting class at the Gage Academy of Fine Art, and with continual study from the live model and still life.
Moving to Laguna Beach, California, where the area is rooted in the legacy of plein air painting, gave Mary further opportunities. One of the artists she had studied years earlier, Everett Raymond Kinstler, advised her to go outside and paint in the natural light to improve studio portrait work, She also had the opportunity to study at the Watts Atelier and with plein air painters Kenn Backhaus and Gil Dellinger.
Medium: Pastel. oil
Subjects: Still life (mainly florals); Landscape; Figurative.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Another FineArtStudioOnline site
Gallery: Still life in pastel and oil; Landscape; Figurative.
Image View: Galleries contain thumbnails that enlarge in slide show. Information on medium and dimension and background to the artwork is presented. Images may be saved. Pearlescent is 18 x 24 ins, 550x411, 155 KB.
Demo: Check the blog.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Terry Donahue

Name: Terry Donahue
Bio: Terry Donahue was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1956 where he developed an early awareness of the beauty and importance of nature. Terry began painting with oil on canvas as early as the fourth grade, and later earned a degree in fine art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he had received a full scholarship for basketball. After an extensive career in commercial art, Terry decided to devote his full time to fine art. Pastels eventually proved to be the perfect medium for his impressionistic compositions and provided the challenge he was looking for, allowing him to breathe life into his wildlife subjects and create a brilliant sense of motion. His works have been featured in several art magazines, including Wildlife Art magazine, and the Pastel Journal, and his paintings have been showcased in many prestigious wildlife exhibits in North America and Europe. Terry lives with his wife and three children in Omaha, Nebraska.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Wildlife.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu remains on side, except in the Prints page, and in the enlargements, where you must use the PC's back button to return to the gallery.
Gallery: North America; African; Domestic.
Image View: Galleries contain large thumbnails that enlarge further in new window when clicked. This is where the information is available on medium and dimension. Enlarged images may be saved. Ladies in waiting is 8.5 x 12 ins, 900x516, 37.5 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Chin-Cheng Hung

Simple Red © Chin-Cheng Hung

Name: Chin-Cheng Hung, PSA.
Bio: Chin-Cheng Hung was born in Keelung, Taiwan, in 1966.He has devoted his attention to the study of Chinese art since he was 12. He received his Diploma of Art, Fu Hsing Kang College, Taipei, Taiwan. In 1997, he came to the United States to pursue his MFA degree in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design after a long career as a serviceman. Here he also established his teaching career in the Foundation Studies since 1999.Hung is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, the Atlanta Chinese Art Association, the College Art Association, and member and former President of the Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States. His biography was selected to be listed in the newest editions of Marqus Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who among American Teachers and Educators. Hung has received numerous awards from different juried competitions and has been featured in The Pastel Journal, Pastel Artist International, International Artist, and New American Paintings
Medium: Pastel. 
Subjects: Portraits. 
Style: Representational 
Navigation: Main menu remains on side. 
Gallery: Drawing; Painting.
Image View: Galleries contain large thumbnails that enlarge again in new window when clicked. This is where the information is available on medium and dimension. Enlarged images may be saved. Simple Red is one of his few still life paintings, 25.5 x 19.5 ins, 720x552, 416 KB. 
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Tim Reilly

Name: Tim Reilly
Bio: When Tim Reilly graduated in 1972 from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY with a BFA, he began his career in New York as a Freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator. After a few years working for ad agency clients such as J. Walter Thompson and Bozell & Jacobs, he later returned to Florida, his boyhood home, where he did a B.A. at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Over a 35 year career, Tim worked as a Designer, Art Director and Creative Director for advertising agencies, television stations and corporate and private design groups. His work has been seen nationally in New York Magazine, Sunshine Magazine and The Washington Times newspaper. Tim has received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals as a practising professional from the Society of Illustrators of Dallas and Los Angeles. Tim received an Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal's 11th Annual Pastel 100, Still Life Category.
Medium: Pastel, acrylic, graphite.
Subjects: Mostly still life.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Pastels; Paintings; Drawings.
Image View: Galleries contain thumbnails that enlarge on new page when clicked. This is where the information is available on medium and dimension. Enlargements may be viewed in sequence, by number, but in the pastel gallery don’t try to jump to No. 14 any time before you reach No 12 – it doesn’t work. Some of Tim’s work is reminiscent of Bill Creevy. White Rose is 11x11 ins, 500x492, 308 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Barbara Benedetti Newton

Rejoice © Barbara Benedetti Newton 
Name: Barbara Benedetti Newton
Note: This post was updated in  November 2017
Bio: Barbara Benedetti Newton was born in 1943 in Puyallup, Washington, and attended the Burnley School of Professional Art (renamed Art Institute of Seattle) where she studied with William Cumming among others. In 1965, Newton began her professional art career as a fashion illustrator for a major Seattle department store. Married the same year she relocated to San Francisco where she continued to work as a freelance fashion illustrator. After returning to the Seattle area, a 20-year hiatus from art followed. In 1990 Barbara returned full time to art and worked exclusively in colored pencil for more than a dozen years. In 2002 Newton began exploring other mediums and has been working primarily in soft pastel and oil since then. With a change of medium, Newton also departed from her trademark light-filled still life subjects to impressionistic landscape scenes and then back to more impressionistic still lifes. She is a Charter Member, Past President Life Member of Colored Pencil Society of America; Distinguished Pastelist in the Northwest Pastel Society; Honorary Life Member of Women Painters of Washington; International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle Honoree, Signature Member of Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Pastel Society of America. Newton’s pastel landscapes are reproduced by Wendover Art Group and Editions Ltd.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape
Publications: The Colored Pencil Solution Book, Janie Gildow and Barbara Benedetti Newton; North Light, (2000), republished in paperback (2006). ISBN: 1581809190
Pastel Drawing: Expert Answers to Questions Every Artist Asks, Barbara Benedetti Newton; Barron's Educational Series (June 1, 2013) ISBN: 1438002653
Style: Impressionist.
Navigation: Main menu remains at bottom of page.
Gallery: Recent Work brings you to a blog. Archives opens to subgalleries filed by date. 2009 is subdivided into Abstracts and Landscapes. Barbara’s abstracts remind me a little of Robert Natkin, especially the Field Mouse paintings. The Field Mouse series title refers to an Ezra Pound translation of a Chinese poem. Pound wrote:

And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough,
And life goes by
Like a field mouse,
Running through the grass not touching.

Abstract paintings do not usually move me, but Barbara’s are very beautiful. Scroll to view images in these galleries, and also in 2001 to 2008.
Image View: Images in all galleries may be saved - just scroll to view. Rejoice is 11 x 18 ins
Demo: No.
Blog: Barbara has a blog other than her Recent Work gallery, at

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Daniel Hauben

Name: Daniel Hauben
Bio: Born May 23, 1956 and raised in the Bronx, Daniel Hauben has spent 25 years capturing the life of the Bronx on canvas or paper, setting up his easel on street corners and overpasses, under elevated subway trains or in playgrounds. “I’m a landscape painter,” he says. “It just so happens that the landscape I paint is encrusted with the Bronx."
Daniel Hauben’s formal training encompassed the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY where he was awarded a BFA; and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he attained his MA. Hauben lives with his wife Judith Lane, a librettist and composer, in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.
Medium: Pastel, oil, glass, bronze.
Subjects: Landscape; portraits.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu remains on top. Be aware that when you rest your mouse on a main menu title (e.g. Landscapes) and see the dropdown list, the Main Menu title may also open on its own page. This is not consistent, so click them all to be certain that you don’t miss anything. This includes clicking on The Artist, as well as on the sub-headings.
Gallery: The galleries may contain subgalleries. Cityscapes (Panoramas; Street Scenes; Urban Surrealism); Landscapes (Travel Paintings; Yard Paintings); Portraits; Etchings; September 11 (New World Order); Other Media (Oil Relief; Glass; Bronze).
Image View: Galleries contain sizable thumbnails that enlarge on new page when clicked. This is where the information is available on medium and dimension. Pastels are mostly to be found in Landscapes (I could only find one in Cityscapes); Portraits; and September 11. Enlargements may be saved. Shola’s Yard is 19x24 ins, 745x650, 700 KB.
Demo: On The Artist dropdown list is a link to a (fast) slideshow demo of a landscape painting.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sergei Oussik

Name: Sergei Oussik, PSA.
Bio: Sergei Oussik was born in 1958 in Andijan, central Russia in what was then the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan. He studied both art and architecture at the Institute of Engineers of Construction in St Petersburg. But, after five years as an architect, he opted to pursue a career as an artist.
Today his studio is on Vasily Island, part of the St Petersburg archipelago. His pastels depict the decaying splendour of the city's buildings and the light, water and forests of the surrounding countryside. Sergei started his art career by selling works on the streets of St Petersburg, but has since achieved an international reputation as a formidable landscape artist of great sensitivity.
He is a member of the Russian Union of Artists, the International Federation of Artists, the Pastel Society of France and International Association of Pastel Society. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a leader of the St. Petersburg Society. His work has appeared in exhibits all over the world, from Paris to Athens. Oussik also teaches work-shops.
Sergei was featured in the Pastel Journal in December 2007.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The bilingual site is in Russian and in English. This site has a unique feature – you can choose to view an only images mode, which gives you access to all images on a single page. This choice also appears on the individual images page, but does not in fact work from there – there is an error in the URL. It is probably best to right click on an image to enlarge it in a new page, while maintaining the full thumbnail page open.
Gallery: Choose either Gallery or Only Images Mode – the results are similar.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on new page with information on medium and support. Canal Griboedova is 66x54 cm. , 540x460, 112 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Patricia Tribastone

Name: Patricia Tribastone, PSA
Bio: Patricia Tribastone was born in 1955 in Northern New York State. She got her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics in 1977 at Oneonta State University. Patricia worked as a Registered Dietitian for 20 years. In 1997 she began to pursue art on a full-time basis, and studied with various artists including colored pencil artist Kristy Kutch, oil and pastel artist Albert Handell, pastel artists Robert Carsten, Nicora Gangi, Sergei Oussik, and oil artist Timothy Tyler. Pat has also studied with numerous local artists, including portrait artist Sari Gaby.
Patricia currently works as an Art Instructor in pastel, oil and colored pencil, The Art Stop, Webster, NY.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: still life, florals and portraits
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available; you cannot jump from one gallery to another but must return to the main Gallery link. This is a minor criticism as it is easy to browse all images on this site.
Gallery: Pastels: Still Life; Pastels: Floral; Oils
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in pop-up with information attached. Download is possible. White Lilacs is 30x40 ins, 480x361, 66 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pastel Journal back issues

I should state in advance that I have no commercial interest in, nor connection with the Pastel Journal. However, I acknowledge the huge influence it has had on me in the last ten years, in terms of introducing an inspiring - sometimes an intimidating - selection of artists for whom pastel is their chosen medium of expression. So I have no hesitation in advertising the fact that the Pastel Journal is clearing out its back issues - all printed issues of the magazine in their online store from 2007 and earlier have been marked down—to $2! Cheaper than a cup of coffee. Treat yourself to some fine art inspiration before the issues are gone. I know that I was glad to complete my collection by buying the issues that I lacked, so that I now have the complete series. Profitez vous en! The link is

Monday, April 5, 2010

Terri Ford

Name: Terri Ford, PSA
Bio: Terri Ford attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco where she majored in illustration. A native Californian and resident of San Jose, Terri has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Mexico. She teaches workshops in France, Italy and California. A studio artist for many years, she now focuses on painting en plein air.
Among many other articles on Terri, I must mention her interview with Colin Fry in the December 2006 Pastel Journal – if only because three of the eight paintings featured were of Irish scenes.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape; portraits.
Style: Representational/impressionistic.
Navigation: Somewhat confusing. The main menu is not available once you leave the home page. Navigation thereon consists of searching for the Home link, or using the PC back button.
Gallery: Paintings; France Paintings. Paintings has subgalleries: Carmel and Past Paintings; If you choose Carmel, the only option offered from there is the Home link. If you choose Past Paintings, you are offered five further sub-galleries to the side, (New York, Paris, Plein Air; Italy en plein air; Portraits; Landscape; Other) not along the top as heretofore. If you choose any of these five sub-galleries you do have the option of returning to Past Paintings, or Home. There are missing links to paintings in three of these five.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on new page when clicked. Click (left-click) on painting to return to gallery; right click to download. Vétheuil (not Vethueil) is 9x12, and a typical 540x408, 165 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Nicora Gangi

Name: Nicora Gangi
Bio: Nicora Gangi was born in Indiana in 1952 and was educated at Hartford Art School, Hartford, Connecticut, Montclair State College and Syracuse University, where she was awarded her BFA in 1974 and her MFA in printmaking two years later. Nicora Gangi still resides at Syracuse, where she has been a part time faculty member of the university for thirty years.
She won the Pastel Journal Grand Prize in 2005.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects: Conceptual Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Easy. Main menu remains available at all times. The site is entirely constructed in Adobe Flash Player 10. This can be irritating as the viewing area keeps being re-sized, depending on what’s being viewed.
Gallery: Oil; Pastel.
Image View: Small thumbnails to the left of the page open in the viewer when clicked. The mechanism is Adobe Flash Player 10, so images cannot be downloaded directly. Enlargements give details of dimension and date of original. Curiously, there is a right click, print option which if implemented will print the current enlargement and the thumbnails. This option is likely to use a lot of ink, as Ms. Gangi’s paintings are full of colour. “My paintings hark back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance,” says Gangi, “when colours had definite meanings for people who weren’t literate. Red was associated with blood, the passion of Christ; blue connoted the heavens; yellow or gold, divinity – colour is part of the story-telling nature of my work.” You can read the full piece in the April 2005 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Judith Cutler

Name: Judith Cutler, PSA
Bio: Judith Cutler earned her BFA/Graphic Design degree from Pennsylvania State University, and studied oil painting with Elaine de Kooning and Hobson Pittman. She worked as a designer for more than 20 years for companies that included IBM, Holiday Inn Corporation, and Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Judith has taken pastel workshops with Sean Dye and Jimmy Wright. Her many awards include 1st place in the Abstract and Non-objective Category of The Pastel Journal’s 2008 Pastel 100.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape, Still Life, Abstract.
Style: Representational and abstract.
Navigation: The web template that Judith makes use of is one I had not met before. Once you enter the galleries, or look at her bio, you are into a new Apple web page template called MobileMe.
Gallery: Abstract, Non-objective; Landscape, Architecture; Floral Botanical; Still Life, Wild life, and more. Each gallery opens on its own web page.
Image View: Each gallery may be viewed in one of four different modes. These are on the web template and not all the options – including the download option – function. However, individual thumbnails will open in a slideshow, with data, and can be saved. Feathered Nest is 15 x 10.5 ins. (I chose it because of Sharon Bamber’s treatment of a similar subject two posts ago!)
Demo: No.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Ray Hassard

Name: Ray Hassard, PSA
Bio: Ray Hassard was born and raised in the New York area. He studied advertising design and visual communication at Pratt Institute, and, more importantly he says, spent hours and hours at New York's wonderful museums and galleries.
Ray teaches pastels at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Covington, Kentucky, and leads workshops around the country. He belongs to the Pastel Society of America, the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, and is a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club. He was awarded signature and Master Pastellist status by the Midwest America Pastel Society in 2008, and serves on the Board of the Ohio Plein Air Society. He was awarded First Place in the 2008 Pastel 100, in the Landscape and Interior category.
Besides art, Ray's major interests include contra dancing, roller coasters, and travel. He has visited over 75 countries, with India being his favorite.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape; Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Recent Works (69 paintings spread over 4 pages); Figure Drawings; Archives (44 paintings spread over 3 pages); India and Bhutan (46 paintings spread over 3 pages).
Image View: Thumbnails are labelled with medium and dimension as a tooltip when the cursor rests on the image. These open in a slideshow on a new page, and contain information and maybe notes on the work. Clicked again, they open again even larger in a new pop-up. They may be saved. Under the Pergola – Spring! is 6x8 ins, and a high-resolution 250 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Sharon Bamber

Name: Sharon Bamber, PSC
Bio: Born in Great Britain, Sharon Bamber has spent much of her adult life travelling and working throughout S.E. Asia and Australasia until settling in British Columbia in 2006. She has qualifications and has had careers in Zoology, Landscape Architecture and International Sport Management.
The move to British Columbia in 2006 and a workshop in that same year with Canadian pastel artist, Gaye Adams, focused Sharon on a new career as a full time artist. This has culminated in a convergence of her personal and academic interests finding expression in her work.
Sharon was juried into the Federation of Canadian Artists in January 2008 and is a member of the Pastel Artists of Canada. She received an Honourable Mention, Animal & Wildlife Category in the Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition (2010).
She resides in the West Kootenays in British Columbia, where she has built a straw bale house with her husband.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Wildlife.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Menu remains available at top of page.
Gallery: Wildlife Collection; Mythmakers Collection; World Travel Collection.
Image View: Thumbnails are labelled with medium and dimension, as are enlargements.These open on a new page, and contain not only information, but also detailed views of the work. They may be saved. Robin’s Nest is 8x8 ins, 47 KB.
Demo: No. But see detailed views of paintings.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

David Mathews

Name: David Mathews, PSA
Bio: David Mathews started out as an illustrator. His interests led him on to portrait work and he spent four years studying with local portrait artists. (He lives in Winston, Georgia). He has also studied with Margaret Baumgaertner and Philippe Faraut. He is a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society, juried member and past director of the Atlanta Portrait Society, Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society and a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Pastel Society of America. David teaches pastel and oil portrait painting at the Mabel House in Mableton, as well as regular private classes in his studio and three day workshops in the southeastern US and in France.
Medium: Pastel, oil, terra cotta, bronze, porcelain.
David studies and collects portraiture from the 17th to 19th centuries, with a special emphasis on late 18th century France, when pastel, oil and sculptural portraiture all flourished.
Subjects: Portrait paintings in both oil and pastel; portrait sculptures in terra cotta, bronze and porcelain.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Menu remains available at side and on bottom of page.
Gallery: Pastels 1 and 2; Oils 1 and 2; B & W; Studies; Sculpture. (You will find pastel paintings in all galleries other than Oils.)
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in new window where name and dimension are attributed. There is a back button – which is really redundant as you can use that on the PC. Enlargements can be saved. Bobbi is 18x13 ins, 622 x 576, 66 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.