Pastel Landscapes | Teresa Saia

Whether painting at home or abroad, Teresa Saia captures cityscapes and landscapes with rich color and radiant light. “So many things inspire me,” she says, “but foremost is capturing  a feeling or mood of a particular light situation.”

Although the Seattle-based Saia loves to capture the light by painting en plein air, the Northwest climate isn’t always accommodating. Yet the challenges encountered painting on location are often the same things that invigorate the work. “There’s a different energy when painting outside,” she says. “Once it kicks in, it’s great.” Saia gets the opportunity to paint outdoors when traveling yearly with a group of artists in the United States, and when leading a workshop in an Italian or French locale, as she has for the past decade. Some of her landscapes are shared below.

To learn more about Saia’s process—and to view her colorful, light-filled cityscapes of romantic locales—see the February 2014 issue of Pastel Journal.

Breaking Skies (pastel) by Teresa Saia

Breaking Skies (pastel) by Teresa Saia




















Nestled (pastel, 24x18) by Teresa Saia

Nestled (pastel, 24×18) by Teresa Saia


Guardian Marsh (pastel) by Teresa Saia

Guardian Marsh (pastel) by Teresa Saia


Purple Haze (pastel, 18x12) by Teresa Saia

Purple Haze (pastel, 18×12) by Teresa Saia


















































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