Introducing the Pastel “Artists to Watch” 2016

We asked a handful of pastel leaders and luminaries around the globe to tell us about artists who may not be familiar to all of us (yet), but who are definitely making their marks in pastel. We celebrate 10 of them here in our “2016 Artists to Watch” showcase. For more about each artist, check out the December issue of Pastel Journal.

Mary Monk (USA) — Nominated by Alan Flattmann

“Mary is a dedicated pastel plein air painter. Her work captures the spirit of the south Louisiana landscape in a poetic way.”  —Alan Flattmann

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Marsh Reflections (pastel, 12×18) by Mary Monk

 

 

Maureen Spinale (USA) — Nominated by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

“Maureen’s paintings are joyful and masterful … Her paintings are brilliant and a testament to the wisdom of how pushing yourself can result in creative innovation.”  —Liz Haywood-Sullivan

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A River Runs Through It (pastel, 19×25) by Maureen Spinale

 

Debra Nadelhoffer (USA) — Nominated by Albert Handell

“I’ve worked with Debra over the years. She’s a hard worker, and paints very well in both pastel and oil.”  —Albert Handell

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Golden Dawn (pastel, 8×16) by Debra Nadelhoffer

 

 

Valerie Mandra (USA) — Nominated by Rae Smith

“Valerie is a passionate pastelist, which some are blessed to be, and it’s this special gift that takes her paintings out of the ordinary.” —Rae Smith

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October Reflections (pastel, 19×27) by Valerie Mandra

 

Alain Bellanger (France) — Nominated by Isabelle V. Lim

“His work is bold and colorful, with punching details. I admire the innovative close-up subject, the composition and the intensity of wonderful lights.” —Isabelle V. Lim

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Sans Titre (pastel, 51×75 cm) by Alain Bellanger

 

 

Halla Shafey (Egypt) — Nominated by Cheryl Culver

“I primarily enjoy her use of color, but also her wonderful sense of design. The work is almost mystical at times.”  —Cheryl Culver

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Egyptian Village (pastel, 32×32) by Halla Shafey

 

 

Trish Acres (Canada) — Nominated by Ruth Rodgers

“It’s her mastery of light that makes her work so magnetic.”  —Ruth Rodgers

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Bodegon (pastel, 18×12) by Trish Acres

 

 

Germain Arancil (Spain) — Nominated by Jose del Riego

“He brings a personal touch to his paintings of the human figure. He also has a powerful use of color.”  —Jose del Riego

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Yellow Shawl (pastel) by Germain Arancil

 

 

Jan Munro (England) — Nominated by Cheryl Culver

“Her work is bold and vibrant, and it has a strong identity.”  —Cheryl Culver

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White Stool (pastel) by Jan Munro

 

Christine Camilerri (Canada) — Nominated by Ruth Rodgers

It’s Christine’s use of vivid and intensely saturated color that makes her work stand out, evoking strong sensation and emotion.”  —Ruth Rodgers

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Summer Pasture (pastel) by Christine Camilleri

 

 

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