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PASTELS

inspired by the Okanagan light...

I work both in oil and soft pastels, which are sometimes referred to as chalk pastels. I like their immediacy; it isn't necessary to mix them with water or turpentine and brushes aren't needed, which means less to clean up and more time to create.

I usually work on Canson Pastel paper and prefer a mid to dark valued paper compared to white or light coloured. Some years ago, I had the privilege of taking a pastel workshop by Joseph Plaskett. I discovered that he also prefers to work on a dark valued paper support.

My pastel themes are often related to the Okanagan light, it's hues and how it drapes and falls on objects or the land. The subjects usually reflect my personal experiences or feelings.

'Okanagan Light'<br> stately Ponderosa Pine at the Okanagan Centre docks...
'Okanagan Light'
stately Ponderosa Pine at the Okanagan Centre docks...
Pastel on Paper
9 x 12 in.
Snow Opals - Award-winning scene from Beaver Lake Road
Snow Opals - Award-winning scene from Beaver Lake Road
Pastel on Paper
12 x 18 in.
'Okanagan Lake'  Crossing the Water, Kelowna 2007 - Building the Bennett Bridge
'Okanagan Lake' Crossing the Water, Kelowna 2007 - Building the Bennett Bridge
Pastel on Paper
12 x 18 in.
'Snowdrift in Blue'<br> view from Beaver Lake Road looking south...
SOLD 'Snowdrift in Blue'
view from Beaver Lake Road looking south...
Pastel on Paper
18.5 x 25 in.
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