|“Poires II” © Patrick Bechtold|
Name: Patrick Bechtold
Bio: Patrick Bechtold lives and paints in Folschviller, a commune in the Moselle department in Lorraine in north-eastern France. In May 2004, after some months of initiation into drawing and watercolours, Patrick responded to an advertisement in Pratique des Arts for a pastel course in Messein; the course was led by someone who would change his life forever – Alain Victor. Taking the plunge immediately, Patrick started winning prizes straight away, starting with a third in portraiture in Folschviller in 2004, followed by a first in pastel in Creutzwald the same year.
Alain Victor passed away in 2005, and Patrick subsequently studied under Claude Texier, Thierry Citron, Gwenneth Barth, and Maxime Bochet. In the Numéro Spécial N°94 of Pratique des Arts, 2010, master pastellist Claude Texier introduced her one-time student. Patrick had evidently gone from strength to strength in a very small time period, demonstrating his passion and dedication to the medium.
Medium: Pastel. Apart from the more usual brands, Patrick uses Jaxell pastels (a brand new to me) for their unique and particularly bright colours. Patrick has also moved on from the normal supports of Canson, Art Spectrum and Pastel Card to manufacturing his own supports with an acrylic base.
Subjects: Animals; Figurative; Still Life; Landscape
Style: Loose, painterly.
Navigation: This website is available in French and in English. Main Menu remains available at top of page.
Gallery: By year from 2004 to date.
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