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Portrait Demonstration from a Live Model with Christine Swann

Determined | Pastel | 22" x 18" | by Christine Swann © 2017.  All rights reserved.

Determined | Pastel | 22" x 18" | by Christine Swann © 2017.  All rights reserved.

Nationally known portrait artist and President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, Christine Swann will demonstrate how to work in pastel and how to start a portrait from a a live model. She will briefly cover her approach to light, color, and the stages her pastel paintings go through. Everyone is welcome.  

Southwest Art Magazine selected Christine Swann as an “Artist To Watch” in the June 2015 issue of the magazine. Known for her “personality portraits” she started as an illustrator and is now an award-winning artist on the international level, including winning the 2015 Best of Show “Prix de Pastel” Masters Circle Exhibition award and the 2013 Gold Medal at the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Conventions. She won the PSA Award in 2013 in honor of Flora B Guffuni at the Pastel Society of America’s International Exhibition in New York where she has been part of this prestigious exhibition seven times. Her work has received 5th place in the 2015 Portrait Society of America Member’s Competition and as finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Art Renewal Center International Salon. She has been featured for 6 years running in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition, including Second Place for a portrait in 2014.

The French Magazine, “Pratique des Arts” has showcased her portraits in two recent feature articles and she was also included in the French book, “40 Pastel Masters” under the chapter on “Masters of Composition.” The Pastel Journal featured her work in the 2016 October issue with an 8-page article, “Powering Up”. A finalist in the International Artist Magazine’s “People and Figures” competition, she was also published in the books, “How Did They Do That? - 100 Ways To Paint People and Figures”, and recent editions of “Strokes of Genius ”.

Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the IAPS Masters’ Circle. She is currently the President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and a Past President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. She is also a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and Portrait Society of America.

This talk and demonstration is one of several special events being held in conjuction with Pure Pigment, an exhibition presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Pure Pigment is on display at The Artsmiths from April 9th through May 20th, 2017.