I work primarily in soft pastels. I finished my masters degree 2 years ago and decided to do something nice for my spiritual growth (after working on my clinical skills for 3 years), and wanted to begin painting again. I fell in love with pastel -- the bold sticks of color on the palette, the properties of the media, and the intensity of the finished works. Ironically, I had poor results with pastel 15 years ago in college, and I'm grateful that I rediscovered it. The introduction class I took 2 years ago was bare-bones -- we had 48 sticks of pastel, canson paper, and the occasional reference to Degas (I honestly left the class thinking he was the ONLY pastel artist). After that, I began reading articles, searching the internet, perusing galleries, discovered the Pastel Journal (thus I recognized you, Deborah
) and began exploring the medium in greater depth. I've been playing around with a variety of surfaces and different brands of soft pastels -- I just get deeper and deeper into the medium and it's possibilities.
Last month, I took my first professional workshop. It was with Elizabeth Agpar-Smith -- LOVED HER! And she was able to help me to begin overcoming some of the obstacles I've encountered on my own the past 2 years.
Needless to say, I am very excited to have found you all here, and look forward to sharing my artwork with you.