Color theory plays a large role in Washington artist Jennifer Evenhus’ pastel painting. “My use of bold color is my trademark,” says the winner of the Pastel Journal Bronze Award in the 15th annual Pastel 100. “It’s what attracts people to my art. What I’ve been trying to do more of in the last couple of years is to use color as emotion, to have the color itself describe the subject matter. Instead of using just local color—green grass or green trees—I take the subject beyond what’s there. I don’t just want to create a pretty picture; I want to create art—art that stops people in their tracks.”
Evenhus also took Fourth Place in the Abstract & Non-Objective category. Enjoy a gallery of her gorgeous pastel paintings here. Look for her other award-winning paintings, and read more about her methods for mixing colors and other pastel techniques in the April 2014 issue of Pastel Journal, available at northlightshop.com and on newsstands March 11.