I’ve continued to create new pastel plein air paintings, done outside, that express my interpretation of ordinary places. I focus on elements and their changing colors with the light and the season. There is also a new series of aerial pastel paintings, with an imagined bird’s eye view, in the mix. It has been an exciting problem to consider. Third, I am sharing some of the charcoal drawings I do at the beginning of a studio session to get my brain and hand in sync. Large and gestural, these drawings have energy and movement.
I have always drawn and painted. I chose a landscape architecture career that honed my designer's eye and drawing skills. Those years of creating three dimensional spaces, designing with shadow, sunlight, color and texture, naturally inspired my passion for painting landscapes and flowers.
When I turned 50, my children grown, I decided to focus on pastel painting. Now, many years later, I've participated in many juried shows, solo shows and group shows and have even been published in a national magazine. I quit my day job and became a full-time artist when I fell in love and moved to the King's Valley area of Oregon.
A new children’s book! Once again, my sister, Laura Kvasnosky, and I have collaborated on illustrations for her sweet, noisy, amazing text. My main contribution was coloring the images using Photoshop and oh, how fun that was! Signed copies of Squeak! will be available during the tour.Laura has written, illustrated and published over 20 picture books and early readers. It has been pure joy working together. Copies of Little Wolf’s First Howling, our first book together, will also be at my studio. We have a third underway, Ocean Lullaby, which will be on the shelves in summer, 2020.