When I was first starting out using pastels in my work, my two boys were little and naturally the subject matter of several of my portraits. This was a very fortunate opportunity for me to create portraits using my new skills, being that they were the two most beautiful children in the world. Plus they just happened to be handy at the time and had no say in the matter. :) Below is one of my early works of my son, Jordan as a toddler.
My artist mother wanted me to learn to paint, and she kept encouraging me to try oils or acrylics like she’d always done. My preference was pastels, charcoal, and pencil. Finally, she found a ‘portraits in pastels’ class, and I finally gave in and enrolled! That was 20 years ago, and I am so thankful for her pushing me and encouraging me to do that! What would we do without our moms?
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Based in Birmingham, AL, I love creating portraits in charcoal and pastels. Join me on my creative journey, inspired by the people, places, and pets I've met along the way!