28 Aug 2023 - 22 Sep 2023
2023 Members Judged Exhibition
The Light Within: Our Pastel Experiences
Exhibit judge: Christine Swann, PSA, IAPS MC-EP
Contact: Swann Portraits (https://swannportraits.com/)
Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the IAPS Masters’ Circle, a designation she received in only 6 years. She received her Eminent Pastellist designation from IAPS in 2022 – at that time, one of only 25 artists in the world with that distinction. She is also a long-time member of both the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and Portrait Society of America. In 2015, Southwest Artist Magazine selected Christine Swann as an “Artist To Watch” and her artwork has evolved since then. Although she originally started out by painting her children by bribing them with candy, she now works with live models.
Known for her “personality portraits” she started as an illustrator and is now an award-winning artist on the international level, including winning the IAPS Best of Show “Prix de Pastel” Masters Circle Exhibition award in 2020 and in 2015. Her pastel, “Impact” will be featured as an Honorable Mention in the 2023 Artist Magazine Competition. She also has won the PSA Award 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 nine times. Her work has traveled internationally including to the 2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition, Second Place at the Pasit Pastellists Italiani Association International Exhibition of Pastels in Tivoli, Italy, and at an Invitational Exhibition in France.
Christine won “Outstanding Pastel” in the BoldBrush Competition for four years in a row. Her work received 5th place in the Portrait Society of America Member’s Competition in 2015 and as a finalist in 2019. She has also been part of the Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition several times. Her work has received 10 Honorable Mentions in the Pastel Journal’s “Pastel 100” International Competition and Second Place for a portrait in 2014.
She currently teaches her “Power of Pastel” Workshop to groups around the country and writes a blog every week on art, pastels and motherhood. She is happily living and teaching in Greenville, South Carolina.
Dick Blick has been a generous contributor to our shows!