In Memoriam | Three Recent Losses in the Pastel World

I recently got the sad news of the passing, in December, of Mary Silverwood (1932-2011), a pastel artist from New Mexico with whom I spoke for a feature story back in June of 2008. Mary was an inspiring artist and fascinating person, and she is the third pastel artist we’ve lost in about as many months. The artist Ann Templeton, of Texas, whose expressive landscapes and creative insights were greatly admired, passed away in October, and Sheila Rieman, of Montana, died in November. We had Rieman, who painted lovely scenes of western landscapes and wildlife, tapped for a feature story in Pastel Journal this year. We still hope to be able to share her story, if posthumously. And, we’ll be working on tributes to all three women for the magazine. Meanwhile, here are some of their wonderful pastels to enjoy right now: 

Golden Pond Elk (pastel, 22x34.5) by Sheila Rieman

acey icey by ann templeton

Acey Icey (pastel, 18x23) by Ann Templeton

Purple Hill s by MAry Silverwood

Purple Hills (pastel, 20x26) by Mary Silverwood


This content was originally posted by Pastel Journal Editor Anne Hevener on Jan. 6, 2012.


UPDATE: Look for a feature on Sheila Rieman by Aaron Schuerr in the August 2012 issue of Pastel Journal. Subscribe to the magazine and don’t miss an issue.






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2 thoughts on “In Memoriam | Three Recent Losses in the Pastel World

  1. Jo

    My daughter Gretchen and I took a workshop from Sheila Reiman about six years ago in Hancock, Minnesota and we learned a ton. She was a modest and generous instructor. Even though there were 15 participants she still had the ability to zero in on each students strengths while sharing her abundant talent. It is tragic that she’s no longer with us.