Thursday, February 14, 2019

Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2019 Exhibition Book

The Richeson75 “Figure/Portrait 2019” beautiful full-color hard-cover exhibition book has arrived!!

1st International Guild of Realism Winter Salon Online Exhibition

I am thrilled and honored to announce that my pastel painting “Treasures from the Past” has been juried into the International Guild of Realism’s Winter Salon International Online Exhibition. Thank you to the jury and congratulations to all other finalists!! There are artists from 16 countries including Canada, Norway, USA, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Philippines, Greece, Australia, France, Thailand, UK, Spain, Hong Kong and India and a huge diversity of media including Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil, Soft Pastel, Colored Pencil, Graphite, Pastel, Ink, Byzantine Tempera, Scratchboard and Gouache. The exhibition will run from March 20th to May 20th, 2019 on the IGOR website. It will be also listed on two additional major art websites including the brand new state of the art website of American Art Magazine and the new fine art retailer, QC Fine Arts. Winter Salon IGOR Awards will be announced by March 10th 2019.

Poest and Artists Magazine "Adorn Me"

The latest issue of PoetsArtists “Adorn Me”, curated by Carol Hodes is available to purchase as a publication or download. Presenting over 150 exciting artworks! I am honored to be included in this stellar line-up of amazing artists with my pastel painting "Back . Congratulations to Didi Menendez and everyone on staff of Poets Artist!.

Friday, January 25, 2019

"Adorn Me" poets & Artists Publication & Online Exclusive Exhibition

So excited to be included in the upcoming issue of PoetsArtists magazine “Adorn Me”. Huge thanks to Carol Hodes and Didi Menendez,

Richeson75 Small Works 2019

I have exciting news to share! Both my pastel paintings "Treasures From The Past", 8x11" and "Precious Memories", 8x11" have been accepted in the Richeson75 Small Works 2019 exhibit in Kimberly WI. Congratulations to all finalists and thank you to the jury!

1st PASIT (Pastellisti Italiani) International Online Competition - Exhibition 2019

1st Place in Still Life Category

I am delighted to announce that my painting "Shipwreck" has received the First Place award in Still Life category in the PASIT (Pastellisti Italiani) online exhibition. Thanks to jurors Rubén Belloso Adorna and Vicente Romero Redondo! Congratulations to all winners!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

13th International Guild of Realism Hardcover Book

Thank you to the prestigious Sugarman-Peterson Gallery for producing the beautiful hardcover book of the 13th International Guild of Realism Exhibition in Santa Fe, NM. What an incredible honor to see my "Playtime" on its pages!!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Strokes of Genius 10: Inspiring Subjects

What an incredible honor to have my “Playtime” included in this wonderful North Light Book series. So humbling being among such creative and talented artists and see my pastel on its beautiful shiny pages! Thank you so much Rachel Rubin Wolf!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

13th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition

Photos from the opening of 13th IGOR Exhibition at the Sugarman-Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe. Thrilled and humbled to see my pastel among all these beautiful paintings!!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Southwest Art Magazines Artistic Excellence 2018

I am delighted that my pastel “Shipwreck II” was chosen as one of the 100 finalists (out of 1500) in the Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence 2018. Congrats to all finalists and winners!!

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

Saturday, August 25, 2018

3rd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition

After having been held at Chinese customs for a few days, my painting “Refugee” has arrived safe and sound at the Ming Gallery of Art for the 3rd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition! I would like to thank judges Li Siaolin, Du Guohao and Shi Tao for accepting my work!! Congratulations to all accepted artists! I feel honored being one of 33 international artists accepted to join 67 Chinese artists for this long exhibition that opens on October 1st and will run through November 5th. From there, it will continue at various galleries in China until October 1st, 2019!! My thanks to the organizers of the exhibition for making this sharing around the world possible and to Ming Gallery of Art for focusing on introducing pastels to Chinese art collectors.

"Refugee", Soft Pastel on Pastelmat, 20x16"

Pure Color 2018

I am thrilled and honored to have received notification that I have had three paintings juried into the Pastel Society of North Carolina's Pure Color 2018 Exhibition. Of the 832 paintings submitted, only 150 were chosen by Jen Evenhus, Master Pastelist , to be in the show. I thank her sincerely for choosing my work for inclusion!! Feast your eyes at:

"When She Wears the Blue Ribbon", Soft Pastel on Pastelmat, 24x20"

"Refugee", Soft Pastel on Pastelmat, 20x16"

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

13th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition.

I am thrilled and honored that my painting "Playtime" was chosen for the 13th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition at the Sugarman Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe!! Congratulations to all accepted artists! The show opening is October 5 and runs to October 29.

"Playtime" Pastel on Richeson Pastel Paper, 12x16"

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!