Friday, November 25, 2016

Yvette Bonnet-Fretin

Mes Tomates © Yvette Bonnet-Fretin
Name: Yvette Bonnet-Fretin
Bio: Apart from some correspondence courses in drawing during adolescence, Yvette Bonnet-Fretin is essentially self-taught.Over a dozen years she tried several mediums, acrylic, watercolor and especially oil. In 2009, she discovered of pastel, and has concentrated on it ever since. Clearly successful, she has been juried into the Société des Pastellistes de France exhibitions in 2012 and 2013 at Feytiat, Limoges, and with Pastels en Périgord in Saint-Aulaye in 2016.
Medium: Pastel; oil; acrylic
Subjects : Flowers; Fruit.
Style: Realism.
Technique: Yvette works the pastel like a painting medium, gradually applying successive layers to create volume, to exalt light and transparency. She lays and blends the powder with her fingers to obtain a smooth and velvety texture.
Navigation: This is a French website using ODEXPO.
Gallery: Galeries: Galerie 1 Pastels; Galerie 2 Pastels; Galerie 3 Pastels; Huile et Acrylique.
Image View: Thumbnails mostly give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scrolling viewer but may not be saved unless you make use of the Diaporama option and stop the action on the required image. Mes Tomates is 163 x 75 cms., 600 x 480, 147 KB.
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Kathleen Kalinowski

Rural Life © Kathleen Kalinowski
Name: Kathleen Kalinowski
Bio: Kathleen Kalinowski is a west Michigan artist noted for her contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings. She is a dedicated plein air artist, painting studies directly from nature whenever possible. Kathleen has been working in pastel and oil as a full time artist for the past twenty-five years. She has a B.S. in Arts and Media, from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. She has attended Kendall College of Art and Design. She also has attended workshops with Quang Ho, Elizabeth Robbins, Marc Hanson, Terry Miura, Ken Cadwallader, Gil Dellinger, Alan Flattmann, Doug Dawson, Sally Strand, and Larry Blovits.
Kathleen Kalinowski is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Plein Air Artists of West Michigan and Grand Valley Artists. Her award winning work has been accepted into prestigious juried regional and national exhibitions and is in numerous private and corporate collections, including Pfizer Corporation, Portage, MI, Betty Ford Breast Cancer Center, Grand Rapids, MI , and Rush University Medical Cancer Center, Chicago.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects : Landscape, studio and plein air. Kathleen paints the landscapes of her native Michigan in all seasons and favorite places from her travels. Her home and studio is just north of Grand Rapids, in a rural area close to farms, rolling hills, and plenty of rivers and streams. She often finds water as her inspiration including the shorelines of the Great Lakes, northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Style: Representational landscape.
Navigation: FASO website
Gallery: Studio Oils; Pastels; Plein Air Paintings (oils); Petite Paintings; Still Life.
Image View: Thumbnails give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scolling viewer and may be saved. Rural Life is 18 x 24 ins., 900 x 679, 195 KB
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Janis Krendick

Taos Landscape © Janis Krendick
Name: Janis Krendick
Bio: Originally from Ohio, Janis Krendick moved to Texas in the early 90’s and presently resides in Plano, Texas. Her interest in art goes back to childhood, and she has worked in a number of media over the years. She has a minor in studio art from Ohio University (1973) and has studied both pastel and oil with a number of nationally known artists including Doug Dawson, Ned Mueller and Ann Templeton, Lorenzo Chavez, Bob Rohm, Bill Hosner and Richard McKinley.
Her pastels and oils have been in many exhibits and have won several awards, including Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal. She received her Master's Circle medallion at the IAPS convention in Albuquerque, in 2011.
Serving two years as the President of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, she remains active in that association. The Pastel Society of the Southwest, the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and the International Association of Pastel Societies have awarded Signature Member status to Janis. She does frequent demonstrations for art groups in the North Texas area.
Medium: Pastel, Oil
Subjects : Landscape, especially plein air.
Style: Loose, painterly renderings of the landscape.
Navigation: FASO website
Gallery: Works
Image View: Thumbnails give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scolling viewer and may be saved. Taos Landscape is 11 x 14 ins., 900 x 701, 541 KB
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Junko Ono Rothwell

Still Life with Chinese Calligraphy © Junko Ono Rothwell 
Name: Junko Ono Rothwell PSA, MP.
Bio: Having received her art degree from Okayama University in Japan, Junko Ono Rothwell soon after came to the United States and attended art classes at Cornell University. Rothwell’s cultural heritage can be seen in her use of space and shape – which echoes Eastern art, yet her color palette is strongly influenced by her American art experience. She uses bold bright colors in contrast to the more delicate tones often associated with Asian art. The artist has had numerous one person and group shows, and has shown in selected National Exhibitions including the American Artists Professional League National Exhibition and the Pastel Society of America in New York and the Pastel Society of Japan in Tokyo.She has received many awards including The Dianne B. Berhard Award in Pastel, American Artists Professional League, NY, and the Faber Castell Design Award and the Pastel Society of America Plaque. Her paintings have been purchased by the State of Georgia and many corporations including the Southern Company, Continental Telephone, Kaiser Permanente, Prime Bank, Nations Bank, George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the Northwest Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Her work has appeared in Best of Pastel (Rockport Publishers, 1996), Portrait Inspirations (Rockport Publishers, 1997), Best of Flower Painting 2 (North Light Books, 1999), The Best of Sketching and Drawing (Quarry Books, 1999) and Pure Color (Northlight Books, 2006). She was one of four artists featured in the “Unforgettable Landscapes: Different Approaches to Light and Texture” article in The Pastel Journal (May/June, 2000). She was also featured in the June 2004 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Rothwell also illustrated a children’s book in Japanese: M. McLaughlin, Minna no koe gakikoeru (Bungeisha, 2002).
She is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of excellence of the Atlanta Artists Club and the Southeastern Pastel Society, and a Fellow of the American Artist Professional League, New York, and a member of the Pastel Society of Japan.
Medium: Pastel; Oil; Watercolour
Subjects : Landscape; Still Life; Figurative
Style: Her pastel renderings make good use of the textural characteristics of the medium, which lies somewhere between painting and drawing.
Navigation: Links remain available at top of page except in the viewer, when you must use the back or up button.
Gallery: Still Life; Landscapes; Travel Sketches; Figures
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in scrolling viewer on new page. These may be saved. The thumbnails are labelled with medium and size. Still Life with Chinese Calligraphy is 21 x 27 ins., 527 x 400, 48.1 KB
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Maureen Spinale

Dancing in the Light © Maureen Spinale 
Name: Maureen Spinale PSA
Bio: Maureen Spinale was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, but has lived most of her life in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Following an early retirement from a career in Social Work, Spinale began studying at North River Art Society and the South Shore Art Center, where she was inspired by pastel under the tutelage of Donna Rossetti-Bailey and Liz Haywood-Sullivan. Most recently, she has studied under Tom Christopher, Ken Elliot, and Casey Klahn. She has been inspired by tonalists Francis Murphy, George Inness and Charles Warren Eaton.
Spinale was granted signature membership in the Pastel Society of America in 2010, Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of Cape Cod in 2013, and in June 2015 was honored with the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work was featured in the December 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : “I think that I shall never see/ a poem lovely as a tree” would seem to sum up Maureen Spinale’s approach to painting Trees - "Trunks twisted, bent and straight, sort of like human beings."
Style: “A contemporary perspective flecked with bold colors, strong lines, light, and the use of drizzled paint for dimension and texture.”
Navigation: Links remain available on top of page, except in the viewer, which can be exited by clicking on the “x” in the top left corner.
Gallery: Paintings; Archives
Image View: Thumbnails open in a scrollable viewer. The images are fully labelled with title and dimension except in the archives. Download is possible, but images are saved in .webp format, so unless you are very up to date, you won’t be able to open them. Dancing in the Light is 24 x 36 ins.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Donna Aldrich

Rivers Concourse © Donna Aldrich 
Name: Donna Aldrich
Bio: Donna Aldrich began exhibiting her pastels in 2008 in a National Juried Pastel Exhibition in Wichita, Kansas. The following year was the first of successive years for Donna to exhibit at the IAPS, where she achieved the Master Circle Status in 2013. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico. Most recently, her paintings have been juried into the 2015 and 2016 Miniatures and More Show at the Albuquerque Museum. Her work has sold in the US (The Farmington Museum purchased one of her paintings in 2014), Europe, and in Korea. Donna is represented by Weem’s Galleries in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects : Difficult to categorise but certainly organic, based on nature, and very beautiful.
Style and Technique: “My pastel paintings strongly juxtapose organic and geometric structures. I use intricate patterns, pastel printing and mixed media collage in contrast with realism to evoke a sense of visual poetry. By working geometric patterns into my compositions, I am able to portray an Asian appeal while representing mans impact on nature, whether positive or negative, no landscape remains untouched by humans. Occasionally a Japanese influence can be seen in my pastels due to living on Islands in the Pacific as a child.”
Navigation: There are two artists sharing this website. Link to Donna’s work at top of page. Some further links are presented at the bottom of the home page. The website is powered by Wordpress.
Gallery: Current Work; Mixed Media Pastels; Oil Paintings; Archives.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a scrollable viewer. (To escape the viewer there is a small “x” on top left of page).There is a View Full Size button that opens the image on a new page, leaving the original in situ. The images are not labelled with dimension. Download is possible. Rivers Concourse is 800 x 599, 206 KB.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Mary Padgett

Trout Plate © Mary Padgett
Name: Mary Padgett PSA
Bio: Mary Padgett was educated at Boston University (BFA 1975)and Syracuse University (MFA 1978). She has taught painting and colour courses for Syracuse University and Cazenovia College, and currently conducts workshop programs in the US and abroad. She works in both oil and pastel, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has been featured in American Artist magazine. Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including Towers Perrin, Takasago International, and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She has participated in many local and national exhibitions, with exhibition and competition awards from the Pastel Journal, the Pastel Society of America (2003 and 2015), the Fenimore Art Museum, and the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition.
Medium: Pastel, Oil
Subjects : See Gallery
Style: Mary Padgett’s loose, painterly pastels are distinctive for her use of colour.
Navigation: No inherent difficulties
Gallery: Portfolios: Plein Air Landscapes; Florals; Color Studies and Series; Still Lifes.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrollable viewer. Some (not all) images are labelled with dimension. Download is not possible, so I had to use the Prt Sc button to save the image displayed.
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Maria Marino

Evening on the Seine © Maria Marino
Name: Maria Marino
Bio: Maria Marino was born in Washington D.C. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1998 and after a career in interior design, especially of corporate and educational facilities, she began to paint professionally full-time. She now lives in a farming district of Maryland where she has her studio.
Maria exhibits her work in national shows and in galleries. She has received recognition for her paintings by the Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America and the National Arts Club where she holds memberships. Her work is featured in the December 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal in an extensive and informative article by Robert Carsten.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects : Landscape
Style: The artist claims to be a modern American Impressionist. However, it seems to me that the combination of bold impasto textures, impassioned mark-making and sumptuous, intuitive color smacks more of Expressionism. But what's in a name?
Navigation: Since this is a FineArtStudioOnline website, it is built on a template.
Gallery: Landscape Paintings; Landscape Paintings - France; En Plein Air Paintings; Other Paintings; Sketches and Drawings.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page and may be scrolled. Information on medium, support and size is provided. Download is possible. Evening on the Seine is is 24 x 31 ins, 1024 x 770, 1.18 MB.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bob Richey

Snow-capped Hayroll © Bob Richey
Name: Bob Richey
Bio: Born in Philadelphia in 1949, Bob Richey graduated from Penn State University in 1971, with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. During a 25 year engineering career designing and analyzing aircraft structures with the United States Navy, Bob kept his childhood passion for art. He is mainly self taught although he did study with several local professional artists during his early period with the goal of perfecting his own artwork to a professional level. He turned full time professional artist in 1996, when he took early retirement. Bob's passion for creating art led him first to watercolor before he finally settled on soft pastels as his primary medium. He usually concentrates on relatively small format landscapes, completed in a single sitting. Working on a modest scale allows him to explore many compositions and capture the essence of the moment on paper. It is also a successful business model – Bob has averaged sales of 200 paintings per annum over the last twenty years.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape
Style: Representational. Bob's works put a strong emphasis on both composition and color.
Navigation: Since this is a FineArtStudioOnline website, it is built on a template. Not everything is live, but importantly, the paintings are!
Gallery: In Honour of Bob Richey III; Interiors; Rural Landscapes and Gardens; Urban Landscapes; Seashore Landscapes; Pastel Miniatures; Small Square Pastels; Small Panorama Pastels
Image View: Thumbnails are quite small; and there are lots of them - it really is necessary to click on the image to a higher resolution. Download is possible. Snow-capped Hayroll is 9 x 12 ins, 550 x 412, 228 KB.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Doreen St.John

Sunset at the Marsh © Doreen St.John
Name: Doreen St.John
Bio: Since the early 1980's, Doreen St.John exhibited her work in juried outdoor art shows, was represented in several galleries in Ohio, conducted workshops, and won numerous awards, including “Best in Show” for her watercolor and mixed media paintings. After several years away from painting to pursue a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership, she joined the Ohio Plein Air Society in 2005 and started painting again. In 2010, St.John retired from her education career and was able to devote more time to her art, concentrating on works in oil and, more recently, pastel. Her frequent travels in the United States and abroad provide a wealth of inspiration for her plein air and studio works, as well as painting the figure and portraits from life. St.John is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Akron Society of Artists, and member and erstwhile Secretary and Trustee of the Ohio Plein Air Society. She has been juried into National shows for both her oil and pastel paintings over the past 3 years. She is represented by the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio; Turner Studio & Gallery in North Canton, Ohio; and the Chestnut Hill Greenhouse Gallery in North Canton, Ohio.
Medium: Pastel; Oil
Subjects : Landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: Since this is a FineArtStudioOnline website, it is built on a template, which means that some links, such as Blog, are not necessarily live.
Gallery: Works: Studio; Plein Air; Portrait/ Figurative.
Image View: Images are displayed large size, with title, medium and dimension supplied on mouseover. Clicking on the image brings it up on a new page, at a higher resolution. Download is possible. Sunset at the Marsh is 18 x 24ins, 1188 x 890, 228 KB.
Demo/Blog: No
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Jan Frank

Restless Asilomar © Jan Frank
Name: Jan Frank
Bio: I have no knowledge of this artist other than what little is on her website.
Among her awards are Honorable Mentions in the Pastel 100, viz. for Still Life (2016); Landscape (2015); and Landscape (2011). She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Santa Cruz Art League (where she lives currently).
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape; Still Life.
Style: The artist claims to be both Representational and Impressionist.
Navigation: This is a FineArtStudioOnline website, which seems to have adopted a new style.
Gallery: Landscapes and Seascapes; Still Life and Figurative.
Image View: Images are displayed large size, with title and dimension supplied on mouseover. Clicking on the image brings it up on a new page, at this high resolution. Download is possible. Restless Asilomar is 18 x 24ins, 800 x 596, 205 KB.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Kathleen McDonnell

Reinstein Woods © Kathleen McDonnell
Name: Kathleen McDonnell
Bio: Kathleen McDonnell received a B.S. and M.S. in Art Education from State University College at Buffalo. She has attended pastel workshops with Pastel Artists Doug Dawson, Albert Handell, Anna Contes, Ben Konis, Elizabeth Mowry, Richard McKinley, and mentoring programs with Albert Handell and Anita Louise West.
Kathleen is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and an artist member of the Buffalo Society of Artists as well as many other local art organizations. She has received local and national awards including the Ruth Richeson Gold Award, in the 17th Annual Pastel Journal 100 Competition.

Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape. This is one of the finest landscape websites I have come across in some time.
The quiet atmosphere of the countryside of Western New York, where she lives, drew the artist to plein air landscape painting. Kathleen calls the painting experience "yoga of the mind". She will paint in a series to explore her subject at different times of the day, year, or different view points. The pastels that she completes in the studio are from plein air paintings and or her own photographs.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This is a FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Landscapes; Small Studies; Fields of Gray.
Image View: Images are displayed large size, with title and dimension supplied on mouseover. Clicking on the faded image brings it up on a new page, where some further information on its genesis may be gleaned. This new image may be zoomed, and further images may viewed at this high resolution by scrolling.Download is possible. Reinstein Woods is 12 x 16 ins, 900 x 667, 825 KB.

Anne Laddon

Breakfast Brunch © Anne Laddon
Name: Anne Laddon
Bio: Anne Laddon graduated from Occidental College in 1966 with a BA in Art History and Philosophy. She continued her studies at Masters level in Art History and Aesthetics at UCLA. Anne has been a professional artist for 40 years, beginning her career in a San Francisco ad agency as a graphic designer. She exhibited her work in New York each year at the International Art Expo there, as well as in galleries in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
Laddon was introduced to pastels by Master Pastellist Bill Hosner. With the pure, luscious color and immediacy of the medium she was hooked! Pastels allow her to create quick studies in unlikely locations (barrooms, kitchens, fairgrounds, concerts). Capturing these spontaneous moments present challenges to be addressed later in her Paso Robles studio.
In 2007 Anne found the non-profit Studios on the Park organization in Paso Robles.
As a plein air enthusiast, Anne Laddon has adjusted her painting supplies over the years to make her plein air toolkit as mobile as possible. “I really like to keep the weight down, especially in Mexico, where I’m walking on cobblestone streets up and down and all across town,” she says.
Laddon uses a small rolling suitcase to transport her plein air toolkit, which consists of the following essentials:

  • Two small Heilman boxes with assorted pastels, mostly Holbein and Rembrandt; 
  • Light gray pastel pencil; 
  • Lightweight tripod easel; 
  • Camera; 
  • A box with a shoulder strap to hold sheets of 12×16-inch Sennelier La Carte mid-tone paper and a sturdy piece of black Fome-Cor as a painting board. 
Anne’s work was featured in the September/October 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium : Pastel, oil.
Subjects : Townscapes, various
Style: Colorist. "Color and design have been my focus … As a ‘color junkie’ I push color to the limits and look for energy and confidence in my brushwork."
: This website is clean and modern and presents no difficulties browsing; however, on my PC the legend below the main image is partly obscured by the running thumbnails below.
Gallery: Available Artwork; Oil Painting Archives; Pastel Painting Archives
Image View: Thumbnails scroll along bottom of page, main image is displayed in centre of same, with title and dimension supplied. Download is possible. Breakfast Brunch is 10 x 15 ins.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Gareth Jones

Standing Still © Gareth Jones
Name: Gareth Jones
Bio: Gareth Jones trained at Flintshire and Loughborough Art colleges before embarking on a long and successful career in Graphic Design and illustration. In 2010, he took the plunge and decided to concentrate on fine art. Originally from North Wales, Gareth now lives and works in Brinton, Norfolk, whose coast and countryside continue to inspire him. In 2012 he held first one-man show; and he was accepted into the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Show at The Mall Galleries London at his first attempt. In March 2015 Gareth was elected as a full Member of the East Anglia Group of Marine Artists (EAGMA).
Gareth's work has been shown in galleries across England and Wales and now features in many private collections. He is in increasing demand for demonstrations and workshops.
Medium : Pastel, acrylic, oil.
Subjects : Seascapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is a pleasure to browse.
Gallery: New and Available; Selected Archive
Image View: Thumbnails scroll vertically on left of page, main image is displayed in centre of same, with title and dimension supplied. Download is possible. Standing Still is 52 x 52 cms, 412 x 412, 141 KB.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Kimberly Wurster

Early Summer © Kimberly Wurster
Name: Kimberly Wurster
Bio: Kimberly Wurster was born and raised in southwestern Montana, and lived there until she was 26. Her parents were jazz musicians (and nearly everyone in her father's family), so music became a big part of her life. A classical cellist for over forty years, Kimberly shifted her artistic focus in 1995 to fine art when she relocated to the Elk River, on the Oregon coast. Prior to this move Kimberly, with her husband Scott, had developed wildlife refuges near the Jefferson River in Montana, turning unproductive ranch wetlands into prime habitat for waterfowl and trout. With no formal training, she continues to draws on this experience with wetlands and on a life-long love for the natural world. Her work has earned numerous awards for excellence in domestic and international competition. Kimberly is a member of the West Coast Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of America and the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Medium : Pastel, Watercolour, Acrylic.
Subjects : Birds; Wildlife; Landscapes
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Works
Image View: Images are displayed quite large, grouped on a page. Title and dimension is supplied on mouseover. Clicking on the image brings you to a single image page, with the possibility of further enlargement , and download is possible. Early Summer is 22 x 22.5 ins., 700 x 930, 261 KB.

Jeanne Tangney

Into the Dunes © Jeanne Tangney
Name: Jeanne Tangney
Bio: Jeanne Tangney graduated from Rhode Island college with a BA in Painting and a BS in Art Education. She has participated in numerous exhibitions – her solo shows begain in 1996. Her awards are too numerous to cite here, but are listed on her website. Jeanne is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Art League of Rhode Island and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She has been published in the Pastel Journal (Honorable Mention for Landscape, Pastel 100) and in the American Art Review, among others.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational. Jeanne’s rich pastel paintings are subtle and sensitive, evoking a sense of stillness through the effects of light, color, and composition. Her representational works push and exaggerate the colors found in nature, allowing the viewer to see familiar scenes in a different way.
Gallery: Landscapes; Still Lifes; Florals; People and Animals
Image View: Images enlarge in a viewer on same page as thumbnails and may be played as a slideshow. Title and dimension is supplied, and download is possible. Into the Dunes is 12 x 12 ins., 800 x 800, 271 KB.
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