Tuesday, June 19, 2018

PASTELS ON HIGH 2018 Open International Exhibition

I'm delighted that my paintings, “Door Knocker” and “Old Glove and Ball” were selected by the wonderful artist and juror, Terri Ford, to hang into the “PASTELS ON HIGH 2018 Open International Exhibition, at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. The show officially opens on July 24. Congratulations to all accepted artists!

"Door Knocker", pastel on Richeson hardboard, 8x10"

“Old Glove and Ball”, pastel on Richeson hardboard, 9x12"

Monday, June 11, 2018

Richeson75 Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2018

Richeson75 Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2018 in now live! I am honored to have my pastel “Terrace” in this beautiful show. Go ahead and check out awesome artwork from incredible artists from all over the world at:

“Terrace”, 11x16”, Unison Pastels on Richeson Pastel paper

Richeson75 Small Works 2018 Exhibit book

Richeson75 Small Works 2018 Exhibit book just arrived with my “Shipwreck” on the cover!! I am thrilled and honored!

"Green Sea Glass"

Pastel on Uart 800, 4,5x5"

"Love Boat"

"Love Boat", Soft Pastel on Uart 600, 9x12".

Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 Pastel Society of the West Coast online member’s show

 So thrilled and honored to have my three paintings selected for the 2018 Pastel Society of the West Coast member’s show! Thank you to juror Diana De Santis and the PSWC. With over 500 entries it was such a difficult task for her to end up with 160 works. Congratulations to all artists who were accepted into the show, It’s awsome being a part of this prestigious group!! The show is available to view at the link below.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

"Old Glove and Ball", Pastel on Richeson Hardboard, 9x12".

I am happy to share with you that my painting “Old Glove and Ball”, pastel on Richeson hardboard, 9x12" achieved meritorious distinction in Richeson75 Still Life & Floral 2018 Competition and will be included in the exhibit book. Congratulations to all finalists!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

3rd Pastel d'Opale

I am so happy for participating in 3rd Pastel d’Opale with four of my paintings.The event takes place in the "Forum des Loisirs" of Saint-léonard, near Boulogne-sur-Mer in France, from March 3rd to 18th 2018. Thank you to Françoise Guillaume​ for the invite, to Jean-Pierre Guillaume​ and to all the rest volunteers who worked hard to make this show a magnificent event. Congratulations to all winners! Click the link below in order to see photos of the exhibition.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Richeson75 Smal Works 2018 Finalist.

I am so happy to learn that my paintings, "Shipwreck II" and "Who Lost His Marbles" have been accepted in Richeson75 Small Works 2018 exhibition. These two pieces will be flying off to the Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly, WI shortly. The show hangs from February 22 to April 7. An online show and beautiful hardcover exhibit book are part of this event. My painting "Sweet Colors of Summer" will be included in the exhibit book as Meritorious Entry.
Congratulations to all wonderful artists that their artwork has been accepted to the exhibition.

"Shipwreck II", 8x9,5" soft pastel on Richeson pastel paper.

"Who Lost His Marbles", 9x11", soft pastel on  Richeson pastel paper.

"Sweet Colors of Summer", 8x10', soft pastel on U-ART 600 pastel paper

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Vernissage Prima Mostra Internazionale del Pastello in italia!

 The opening of the First International Exhibition of Pastel Painting in Tivoli, Italy! Thank you to Rubén Belloso Adorna for inviting me to participate to this wonderful exhibition! Photos courtesy of Simonetta Costagliola, Giovanni Morgiai, Daniela Rum, Elisabetta Castelllo and Francesca Crescini.

American Art Awards 2017 Winner.

I am feeling overwhelmed and blessed beyond words!! "American Art Awards" has informed me that "Innocent Smile" won 3rd place in category 34 – Realism/Humans and “Still Life with Boots” won the 5th place-tie in category 37 – Realism/Still Life!! Artists in 56 countries were selected by America's 25 Best Galleries & Museums! I thank them sincerely! Congratulations to all the awardees!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Stroke of Genius 10: Inspiring Subjects

 Wonderful news to announce!! “Playtime” has been selected to be featured in next year's "Strokes of Genius 10: Inspiring Subjects book, an annual hardback publication featuring the best in contemporary drawing and technique. Congratulations to everyone who made the cut, I see many familiar names. You can see the list of winners at


August 2017 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

 I would like to share with you that "Refuge" was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the August 2017 BoldBrush Painting competition! Thank you BoldBrush!! Congrats to all winners! You may view all of the winning paintings at the following link.


Soft Pastel on Pastelmat, 19,5x16"

Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2017

Wonderful news via email! “Innosent Smile” and “Refugee” have been accepted into 2017 Richeson75 Figure/ Portrait show to be held at the Richeson Gallery in Kimberly WI. Also my painting “Summertime” achieved meritorious distinction. Thank you Richeson!!

Art Kudos 2017 Finalist.

Excited to share that my painting was accepted into 2017 Art Kudos online exhibition! This year 156 artists representing 21 countries were accepted into the show. Congratulations to all! 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Thrilled and honored beyond words!! IAPS Master Circle medallion!

"Refugee", 19,5x16" Soft Pastel and Pastel Pencils on Pastelmat.

 Having to flee your home because of violence is a traumatic experience. Life is so hard for all these people and you can see the pain in their eyes. I tried to capture this pain but also the gaze of hope for a better future.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

"My Furry Hoodie", "My Furry Hoodie", Sort Pastels on sanded paper, 20x14"

 A portrait for a change. I don't consider my self as a portraitist but I had a lot of fun painting this one.

Tanned Katrina is enjoying her winter portrait!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Richeson75 Still Life & Floral 2017

  Richeson75 Still Life & Floral is now live! Click on the following link and feast your eyes! I am in the show with my painting "Mary's Harley" also my painting "Roadside Relic" was accepted as meritorious entry and it will be included in the exhibit book. Congratulations to all finalists! I feel wonderful being among such incredible artists.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Richeson75 Small Works 2017

I have exciting news to share with you!! My pastel paintings "Nature Love’s Diversity II", 9x12" and “Standing Out”, 8x10” have been selected as finalists for Richeson75 Small Works. Also my pastel painting "Release", 8x10" has been accepted as meritorious entry. Congratulations to all fellow artists that their entries have also been accepted. I see a lot of familiar names! 

Richeson75 Small Works 2017, other media gallery.

Pastel on Richeson Hardboard, 9x12"
Pastel on Richeson Pastel Paper, 8x10"
Pastel on Richeson Hardboard, 8x10"

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition

Sharing some photos from 2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition including the photo of my painting "Keys" (on the right) at Mink Gallery in Suzhou, China for the invitational exhibit "A Bridge Between Cultures". Photos courtesy of Isabelle Lim and Stan Sperlak.

29th IAPS Juried Exhibition-The 2016 Web Show

Awesome news via email! My painting "Playtime", 12x16" has been accepted into the 29th IAPS Juried Exhibition-The 2016 Web Show!! Thank you to the jurors! Honored and thrilled beyond words! Congratulations to all artists accepted.

"Playtime", Pastel on Richeson Premium Pastel Surface, 12x16"

Friday, August 26, 2016

2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition

"Keys" 8x10", Pastel on Richeson Pastel Hardboard.

Wonderful news via email, my painting "Keys" has been selected by the Chinese jurors to participate in the 2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition. What a great honor and an amazing opportunity! Once again congrats to all pastelists that share this great honor with me! The exhibition opens at the Ming Gallery of Art in Suzhou, China on October 22 and will run through November 22. From there the exhibition will continue at various galleries in China until October 2017!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Art Kudos International Exhibition 2016

 I am excited to announce the opening of the 2016 Art Kudos International Exhibition. I was accepted with my pastel painting "Playtime", 12x16". This year 161 artists representing 23 countries were accepted into the show. Congratulations to all of the artists accepted! Congratulations to the award winners!

The exhibition can be viewed at: http://www.artkudos.com/2016/page2.html

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pastel on Richeson Premium Paper/Black, 12x16

 I would like to share with you that my pastel painting "On Istiklal Street", 12x16" has been selected as finalist for Richeson75 Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2016! Congratulations to all finalists!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Richeson75 Still Life & Floral People's Choice Award

Pastel on Richeson Hardboard, 8x10"

 It is such a thrill to find out that my pastel painting “Three Orchids” has won the 2016 Richeson75 Still Life & Floral People’s Choice Award! This award is a $500 Art Materials Certificate from Jack Richeson & Co! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my painting ! Thank you Jack Richeson & Co.!