Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rita Kirkman


Name: Rita Kirkman PSA
Bio: Rita Kirkman was drawing portraits of friends and family members by the age of 11, and had her first paid portrait commission at 17. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Dayton, Ohio in 1988. From 2001-2003 she studied at the Coppini Academy of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas, and has also taken workshops with Steven Napper, Kathleen Cook, Jerry Hunsinger, Doug Dawson, Bob Rohm, Susan Ogilvie, Richard McKinley, Judith Carducci, Maggie Price, and Desmond O'Hagan.
Since 2003 Rita’s finely detailed pastel paintings have been winning recognition and top awards at national and international competitions and shows. Her work has been published in The Artist Magazine and she has been recognised in the Pastel 100 awards in 2005 and again in 2010. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a recipient of the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies.
Bride's MaidMedium: Pastel, pencil. Rita often does an underpainting in pastel primer on Gatorboard, using Art Spectrum Pastel Primer; she says that terra cotta, with a bit of burnt umber mixed in, is her 'default' base color.
Subjects: Figurative; Animals; Landscape.

Style: Realistic. Rita is a fine colorist, and achieves much in a very small scale with her smaller formats.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline site. Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Artwork: Pastel Paintings; Little Gems; Limited Editions Prints; Pencil Portraits.
Image View: Each gallery consists of one or more pages of thumbnails with relevant information attached. Click to enlarge – and continue to view enlargements in a slideshow if you wish. These may be saved.
Reassurance is 24 x 30 ins, 550 x 430, 312 KB.
Bridesmaid, only 8 x 6 ins, took First Place in Show, Austin Pastel Society's 10th Annual Juried Exhibition 2010.
Demo: Check out the blog.
Facebook/Twitter: Yes
EBay/Flickr: No.


  1. Superbe portrait tout en lumière, un bonheur que de rencontrer tous ces merveilleux pastellistes.

  2. Je suis tout à fait d'accord. Je suis toujours atterré par ces pastellistes tant douées.

  3. Hi Rita,
    I Think that You drawing very well and the pictures are beautiful!

    Rita Kirilova