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Bronze Medal Great Lakes Pastel Society 2014 National Exhibit

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:08+00:00 June 10th, 2014|Award, Pastels, Portraits, Traverse City Michigan|

Vlk, 16x20, Soft Pastel on Board I am proud to announce my Bronze Medal Award at the Great Lakes Pastel Society 2014 National Exhibit. The piece that won the awards is a portrait of a young woman entitled "Vlk". “Vlk” is an alla prima (all at once) 16×20 soft pastel portrait that was [...]

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Honorable Mention Awarded at Art of the Pastel 2014

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:08+00:00 February 7th, 2014|Award, Clute Texas, Exhibits, Pastels, Portraits|

A Girl Wearing a BandanaPastel on Board 12x16 A Girl Wearing a Bandana won an Honorable Mention award at the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas' Art of the Pastel 2014 show. A Girl Wearing a Bandana was awarded this distinction by the awards juror Alan Flattmann. Alan Flattmann juried for awards on February [...]

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Award of Excellence Four Points Contemporary 2nd Bi-annual

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:08+00:00 January 6th, 2014|Acrylic Painting, Award, Portraits|

Portrait of Andrew, 24x24, Acrylic on Board Portrait of Andrew won an Award of Excellence in the Four Points Contemporary 2nd Bi-annual online exhibition. Portrait of Andrew is an expressive acrylic painting of a young man, Andrew, which is painted in a vibrant and lively style. The painting depicts Andrew looking off to [...]

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Purchase Award at Pastels Chicago 2013

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:08+00:00 November 7th, 2013|Award, Exhibits, Highland Park, Illinois, Paintings, Pastels, Portraits|

3 of my artworks were accepted into the pastel only art exhibit Pastels Chicago 2013 which is held at the Art Center Highland Park, IL.

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Honorable Mention at Starline Gallery’s 2013 Grand Finale Masquerade Ball

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:08+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Award, Drawing, Exhibits, Figure Studies, gallery, Harvard Illinois, Palette and Chisel, Pastels, Portraits, Starline Gallery 4th Friday|

I exhibited two artworks at the Starline Gallery's Grand Finale Masquerade Ball in Late October, which wraps up their 2013 exhibition lineup, and I am proud to announce that I won an honorable mention in the show. 2 of my works were accepted, a portrait in soft pastels entitled “Jessica” and the award winner a figurative study done in soft pastel entitled “Kay”.

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Pastel and Acrylic Paintings of Jordan in Naperville, Illinois

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:08+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Acrylic Painting, Figure Studies, Lisle, Illinois, Naperville, Illinois, Oil Pastel, Paintings, Pastels|

Jordan, Acrylic on Canvas Jordan has posed for us at the open figure sessions many times with good reason; She is a great model with natural poise and grace. Here are various drawings and paintings I have made of her over the years in three different mediums, acrylic paint, oil [...]

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Charcoal and Conté Drawings of Jordan in Naperville, Illinois

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:08+00:00 June 4th, 2013|Drawing, Figure Studies, Naperville, Illinois, Paintings|

Jordan Reclined, Conté on Paper Jordan Reclined, is a 45 minute study that was sold at the Beyond the Coyote show. It features a wonderfully talented model, Jordan, sitting in a makeshift chaise with her left hand extended out  in front of her and her right hand resting on the [...]

Jesse in Yellow & Grey

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:09+00:00 May 15th, 2013|Chicago, Illinois, Palette and Chisel, Pastels, Portraits|

Jesse in Yellow and Grey, Pastel on Paper Jesse in Yellow and Grey was done at the Palette and Chisel on a Saturday morning during one of their long pose sessions. That morning she was posing clothed, wearing a grey long sleeved shirt. […]

Pastel Art of Sadie

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:09+00:00 May 3rd, 2013|Chicago, Illinois, Drawing, Figure Studies, Pastels, Portraits|

Sadie Gazing Up, Pastel on Paper Sadie modeled for us at Platform Studios in Chicago Illinois at several of their weeknight drawing sessions. On some days I draw using an array of soft pastels, and on others I keep it simple with a couple of pieces of black and white [...]

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Figurative Nude Art in Soft Pastel

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:09+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Chicago, Illinois, Drawing, Figure Studies, gallery, Palette and Chisel, Pastels, Portraits|

20 Minute Back Study, Pastel on Paper These are some great pastel drawings that I did at a quick sketch open figure drawing session hosted by the Palette and Chisel in Chicago Illinois. I attended the long pose session that saturday morning, and stuck around for more quick sketch to [...]

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La Chemise Rouge, Oil Painting Portrait of Nicole in Chicago

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:09+00:00 April 15th, 2013|Chicago, Illinois, gallery, Oil Painting, Paintings|

La Chemise Rouge, Oil on Board, 9×12 Nicole modelled for me at an art gallery in Chicago’s north side. She was an amazing model with a knack for expressive an dynamic poses. She incorporated her hands nicely, and included environmental elements in a very natural way. […]

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Figurative Nude Paintings at the Dirty Show Chicago

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:09+00:00 April 7th, 2013|Chicago, Illinois, Exhibits, Figure Studies, gallery|

Olympia, Pastel on Paper, done at the Palette and Chisel in Chicago, Illinois April 13th & 14th Gallery Provocateur 1621 N. Kedzie Blvd Chicago, Illinois Gallery Provocateur in Chicago, Illinois is hosting the erotic art show, Dirty Show Chicago, Saturday night April 13th and Sunday April 14th for daytime viewing. [...]

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Pastel Paintings at the Absinthe Show Aurora, Illinois

By | 2018-04-20T21:33:09+00:00 March 30th, 2013|Aurora Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Exhibits, Figure Studies, gallery, Palette and Chisel, Pastels|

Katya, Pastel on Board, 16×20 The Absinthe Show Friday April 5th 2013 6pm – 10pm Artbar located at Two Brothers Roundhouse 205 North Broadway Aurora, IL 60506 (630) 264-2739 Artbar is holding a one day show “Absinthe Show” at the Two Brothers Roundhouse Brewpub. Enjoy Two Brother’s acclaimed craft beer [...]

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