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Tony Allain

Tony Allain PSA, DPANZ

From My Side of the Easel (DM208)
A Lasting Impression (WS06)

Award winning painter Tony Allain is a member of the Pastel Society (UK) a Signature Member of PSA, Master Circle of IAPS and Master of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand. He is an impressionist painter of light, color and movement, with complete understanding of his surroundings. "I am not interested in pure representation; my work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by world I see.”


Lyn Asselta

Lyn Asselta PSA, IAPS/MC

Photos, Field Studies, Finished Paintings (WS20)

Lyn Asselta, PSA, IAPS MC, has had the honor of showing her pastel landscapes throughout the US and in France and China. She has been an artist in residence for the National Park Service, she founded the First Coast Pastel Society and she happily plein air paints and teaches workshops.


Marla Baggetta

Marla Baggetta PSA, IAPS/MC

Navigating Your Trouble Zones (DM213)
Poems, Not Novels (DM308)

A prolific painter and teacher, Marla's artwork and workshops have been nationally sought after and represented throughout the country for over 30 years. Contributing to many art publications such as Pastel Journal, she is a signature PSA member and an IAPS Master Circle. Professionally, Marla is well-known for her 100 Variation Series.


Gwenneth Barth-White

Gwenneth Barth-White PSA-MP, IAPS MC

Defining a Portrait's Essence (DM211)
A Portrait's Building Blocks (WS19)

Having grown up in Switzerland, Gwenneth studied at Geneva's Beaux Arts and College of Design, then became a master Pastelist and Vice-President of the 150-year-old Societe des Pastellistes de France. As a portraitist, she has painted royalty and heads of industry.


Mike Beeman

Mike Beeman PSA, IAPS/MC

Make Still Lifes More Enjoyable (DM103)
Creating a More Expressive Still Life (WS17)

Mike has 30 years of teaching experience and conducts workshops throughout the US. His work has been selected in Pastel Journal’s Top 100 competitions (2013 Silver Award for Still Life) and the Richeson 75. He is a signature member of PSA, Pastel Society of Colorado, Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies and a member of the IAPS Master Circle.


Robert Carsten

Robert Carsten PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, CPS

Passionate Color in Contemporary Landscape (DM102)
The New Modernist Landscape (DM212)

Robert is a Master Pastelist in PSA, and member of the IAPS Master Circle. A contributing writer to Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine, workshop instructor and juror for national exhibitions, his paintings have won major awards, are shown worldwide, and have been featured in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel, Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine, and more.


Tom Christopher

Tom Christopher PSA, IAPS/MC

Applying Pastel to a Textured Surface (DM312)
Exploring the Textured Surface (WS02)

Living in the Midwest for most of his life has greatly influenced Tom’s style of painting. He paints primarily in pastel, relying on the changing seasons of the Iowa landscape near his home for his subject matter. He has developed his own pastel surface using textured underpainting. He enjoys facilitating workshops and demonstrating his techniques throughout the country.


Doug Dawson

Doug Dawson PSA-HF, IAPS/MC

Trouble with Color (DM105)
Exploring with Color Thumbnails (WS16)

Doug Dawson is recognized as a "Master of Pastel" by the Pastel Society of America. He wrote a book titled "Capturing Light and Color with Pastel" and is included in many books on pastel painting. He is a Member of the Masters Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Doug Dawson was the Pastel Society of America 2008 Honoree.


Dawn Emerson

Dawn Emerson PSA, PSWC

Taking Flight! (DM310)
Dynamic Animals in Monotypes (WS10)

Dawn Emerson has been exploring the possibilities of pastels for over 20 years always seeking to expand the expressive range of the medium. Her work with monotypes, and other forms of printmaking, has opened new vistas and imagery. As a teacher she is always exploring how new tools and techniques like monotypes can nurture the creative growth of her students.


Margaret Evans

Margaret Evans DA, ATC, PSA

Pictures at an Exhibition (DM205)
Landscape Moods & Mystery (DM301)
Painting Your Travels (WS03)

Margaret trained in traditional painting at Glasgow School of Art and University of London, before starting her Paintaway workshops, and teaching internationally. She specializes in wet & dry techniques with pastels. Her Scottish training and broad expertise in all mediums & subjects inspire her to show how versatile pastels can be, and to push the boundaries of the medium to inspire and appeal to wider audiences.


Alan Flattmann

Alan Flattmann PSA-HF, IAPS M/C

Using Impressionistic Broken Color (DM201)
Cityscape - Back to Basics (WS05)

Alan Flattmann is a PSA Hall of Fame Honoree and member of the IAPS Masters Circle. Four books have been published about his work, the latest: An Artist’s Vision of New Orleans: The Paintings of Alan Flattmann. His paintings are in the collections of major art museums and corporations.


Albert Handell

Albert Handell PSA-HF

Mastering the Poetry of Trees (DM107)

Albert Handell, PSA (Hall of Fame honoree-1987) is a consistent judge and/or juror for countless annual national invitationals and regional painting exhibitions. He has a variety of unique teaching programs including plein air painting workshops and his Advanced Personalized Paint-along Mentoring Programs, where aspiring artists paint with Albert at his favorite painting locations.


Christine Ivers

Christine Ivers PSA-MP, IAPS/MC

NightScapes (DM210)
Exploring the Dark Side (WS09)

Known for her luminous “NightScape” pastel paintings, Chris is the past-president of CT Pastel Society, former Board of Governors Member of PSA, and is a present Board member of IAPS. Affiliated with numerous art organizations, winner of numerous awards, Chris is an encouraging teacher who loves working with artists everywhere.


Barbara Jaenicke

Barbara Jaenicke PSA, IAPS/MC

Rich, Vibrant Snow Scenes (DM101)
Making Your Mark (DM207)
The Landscape Composition Puzzle (WS21)

Barbara challenges herself to paint feelings, moods and experiences that go beyond just paintings of "things." Leaving the world of advertising and marketing in 2002, she now paints and teaches full time. Barbara is a Signature Member of PSA, an IAPS Master Circle member, and has had work featured multiple times in the Pastel Journal.


Rita Kirkman

Rita Kirkman PSA, IAPS-MC

Quick-Draw Portraits (DM209)
The Intimate Animal Portrait (WS07)

A pastel artist since childhood, Rita's work is defined by light, color and composition, and since 2003 has consistently won major awards in national and international competitions. Her paintings have been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel, and published in many others. Since 2011 she has posted hundreds of small paintings on her blog, and is rapidly becoming a popular workshop instructor.


Casey Klahn

Casey Klahn

See Differently-Floral (DM203)
See Differently-Landscape (DM302)

Casey Klahn is an American artist who shows you new colors. What at first seems a mystery eventually expresses renewal. He has said, “I want my pictures to feel for you like nine months of rain, but with hope for tomorrow.” Klahn was born in 1958 in coastal Washington State.


Kim Lordier

Kim Lordier PSA, IAPS/MC

Take Control of that Ephemeral Light! (WS11)
Take Control of that Ephemeral Light! (WS12)
Rockin' the Coastal Scene (WS25)

A Signature Member of PSA, Laguna Plein Air Painters, Distinguished Pastelist of PSWC, and Signature Artist of the California Art Club, Kim’s work has gained national attention and been featured in Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Pastel Journal and American Art Collector. Kim has received recognition for her landscapes at major plein air events, society shows and museum exhibitions, and she leads workshops across the country.


Karen Margulis

Karen Margulis PSA, IAPS/MC

Landscape in Bloom (DM303)
Blogging for Artists (PD201)

Karen is an IAPS Master Circle member and a Signature Member of PSA. Her wildflower paintings have received recognition in many exhibitions, including winning the IAPS 2011 poster competition. Her work has been featured in Pastel Journal. Karen is a Daily Painter and art blogger. She teaches workshops and classes and shares her instruction on her daily blog.


Nancie King Mertz

Nancie King Mertz IAPS/MC, PSA-MP, CPP-MP

Pastels are Perfect for Plein Air (DM206)
Taking it to the Streets (DM305)

Nancie King Mertz is a lifetime oil painter and began with pastels in 1988. Producing over 100 works annually, she’s traveled to 20 countries for plein air painting and has her gear ready when traveling in the US. She was the Feb. 2015 cover artist for Pastel Journal, along with a 7 page article, twice named “Chicago Artist of the Year” and has work featured on Chicago-based TV shows.


Cecilia Murray

Cecilia Murray

From the Gallery Perspective (PD203)
Presentation to a Gallery (PD301)
From the Gallery Perspective (PD302)

Cecilia Murray is owner of Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, SC, representing painters such as Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Mike Beeman, Jeanne Rosier Smith, and Alain Picard. An award winning artist herself, Cecilia’s work gained recognition on the national level when she was awarded Best in Show in Kennebunkport, Maine in 2011.


Kathleen Newman

Kathleen Newman PSA, IAPS/MC, AIS, CPP

Invented Color Harmony to Create Mood (DM304)
Drawn to Water (WS04)

Kathleen creates paintings inspired by her love of the outdoors and the many moods of light and shadow across the landscape and over water in particular. She has been awarded the IAPS Master’s Circle and signature letters in PSA, the American Impressionist Society and Chicago Pastel Painters.


Cuong Nguyen

Cuong Nguyen PSA-MP, IAPS/MC

The Fine-Tuned Portrait (DM104)
The Glowing Portrait (WS01)

Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Nguyen has achieved recognition in the U.S. for his distinctive pastel technique. Represented by John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, he has taught workshops in and outside the U.S. Cuong earned his PSA Master Pastelist, Master Circle status of IAPS, and Distinguished Pastelist of PSWC.


Desmond O'Hagan

Desmond O'Hagan PSA-MP, IAPS/MC

Interpreting Light - The Urbanscape (DM309)
Light - A Bold Direct Approach (WS24)

Desmond O’Hagan is a Master Pastelist with PSA, and was inducted into the IAPS Master Circle in 2005. He has won major awards in national and international exhibits, including the IAPS “Prix de Pastel Award.” His work is included in collections worldwide. Desmond also manages ProArtCritique.com. an online critique service, where artists can have their works critiqued by a selection of professional artists.


Diane Rappisi

Diane Rappisi PSA, IAPS/MC

The Draped Figure (DM106)
Rhythm and Balance in the Nude (WS14)

Diane Rappisi is the founder and instructor at 'The Atelier at Castle Rock,' an art studio/school in Colorado. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and has won numerous awards and exhibited in national and international exhibitions. Diane trained under the direction of Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA.


Colette Odya Smith

Colette Odya Smith PSA, IAPS/MC, PSNM/DP, SPF/MP

North Light (DM307)
Underpainting for Perfect Color (WS23)

For over 20 years pastels have been Colette’s passion; teaching, judging, writing, exhibiting, recently as Guest of Honor of la Societe des Pastellistes de France, Pastel en Périgord, and the 2nd China Biennial in Suzhou. Her recognitions include IAPS Masters Circle, PSA signature member, Distinguished Pastellist PSNM, Pastel 100’s, and features in the Pastel Journal, American Artist and Pratique des Arts.


Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith PSA, IAPS/MC

Moving Water: Painting Translucency (DM306)
The Dramatic Seascape (WS18)

Jeanne Rosier Smith, PSA, IAPS/MC, best known for her seascape series, teaches from her studio in Sudbury MA and around the country. She was awarded the 2012 IAPS Prix de Pastel and the Pastel 100, 2013-2016. Her work is collected on five continents, and has been featured in Pastel Journal, International Artist, and American Art Collector.


Rae Smith

Rae Smith PSA-HF

Painting Atmosphere (WS15)

Rae Smith, elected Master Pastelist in 1997 and Hall of Fame Honoree in 2014 by the PSA, has exhibited her pastels and oils throughout the US as well as internationally. Her paintings have won many awards including: Gold Medal-Audubon Artists, Founder’s Award – PSA, First Prize for Pastel – CLWAC, Artistic Excellence Award-Salmagundi Club and Fellow Maxima Cum Laude - AAPL.


Stan Sperlak

Stan Sperlak PSA, MPS

Painting the Time of Day (DM204)
The Dry Underpainting (WS22)

Stan is known for his dramatic landscape paintings of sea, marshes and sky. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and maintains a teaching studio on the Crow Creek in Goshen, NJ. He is a signature member of PSA and the Maryland Pastel Society. He has taught from Australia to Iceland, and all over Europe and the US.


Sally Strand

Sally Strand PSA-HF, IAPS/MC

Painting Color & Light (DM311)
The Color of Light (WS08)
The Color of Light (WS13)

Sally Strand was inducted into the PSA Hall of Fame, holds the PSA Master Pastelist distinction, and IAPS Master Circle. Solo exhibitions include a retrospective at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and her work is included in the Butler Museum of American Art permanent collection. Sally teaches workshops and master classes around the country and internationally.


Duane Wakeham

Duane Wakeham PSA-HF

The Thinking Part of Painting (PD202)

Duane Wakeham, a PSA Master Pastelist and PSWC Distinguished Pastelist, was elected to PSA Hall of Fame in 2000 and was named PSWC Pastel Laureate in 2009. He serves on PSA Board of Governors and advisory boards of IAPS and Pastel Journal. He taught drawing and painting at Stanford, and art history and painting at College of San Mateo (CA).


Kurt A. Weiser

Kurt A. Weiser PSA, IAPS/MC

Create that OMG Factor (DM202)

Kurt is an artist who focuses on telling a story and creating a mood in his landscapes. He is drawn to the beauty of nature. With his current collection, Kurt’s creative journey has progressed from representational to painterly and loose, concentrating on bold colors and interesting compositions.


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