The Family Tree(s) | Susan M. Story and Stanley Maltzman Pastel Gallery

Susan M. Story’s light-filled pastels of woodland and field are richly textured and executed with great energy and verve. Her powerful drawing creates a sense of solid forms and intimates the weight of tree limbs, roots and dense undergrowth. Meanwhile, her understanding of the way broken color can be combined to create light ensures that every subject feels fully illuminated and suffused with sunshine and air. The artist’s sense of how pastel can be made to perform at its very best may well be hereditary; she’s the daughter of pastelist Stanley Maltzman, author of Drawing Nature, whose own woodland paintings are much revered.

“I think I must have been born with a crayon in my hand,” Story says. “I took it for granted that I’d be an artist, because I was always drawing, painting, coloring and creating. It was a way of life in my family.”

In addition, father and daughter would often go on painting excursions together. “We’d usually find a nice spot in the woods or a field,” she says. “It was very special to spend time together, and it’s one of the reasons that these woodland subjects are so comfortable for me now.”

Learn more about the familial artistic roots—and how their painting techniques differ—in the October 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, available in print or download format at northlightshop.com and on newsstands September 15.

 

Spring Ballerinas (pastel) by Susan M. Story

Spring Ballerinas (pastel) by Susan M. Story

Morning Mist (pastel) by Stanley Maltzman

Morning Mist (pastel) by Stanley Maltzman

Summer Field (pastel) by Susan M. Story

Summer Field (pastel) by Susan M. Story

Twilight Fog (pastel) by Stanley Maltzman

Twilight Fog (pastel) by Stanley Maltzman

Almost Home (pastel) by Susan M. Story

Almost Home (pastel) by Susan M. Story

Autumn Birch (pastel) by Stanley Maltzman

Autumn Birch (pastel) by Stanley Maltzman

Crimson Glory (pastel) by Susan M. Story

Crimson Glory (pastel) by Susan M. Story

Evening Embers (pastel) by Stanley Maltzman

Evening Embers (pastel) by Stanley Maltzman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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