About the Artist

Professional affiliations: Pastel Society of America and VT Pastel Society

Awards & Recognitions: Third Honorable mention Juried Show VT Pastel Society 2020

Greetings!

I am looking forward to the opportunity of meeting you and to sharing my love of pastel with you all.

My name is Alla, and welcome to my site. Since you are here, I imagine you must have an appreciation for pastels.

Since childhood, I enjoyed sketching and doodling in the margins of my notebooks, always surprised and sometimes delighted by this act of creation. I continued this habit through high school and college as well as my adult years.

About two years ago, I stumbled upon pastels, when my good friend, Jerry, bequeathed to me a beautiful wooden boxed set of pastels.  Opening that lid for the first time proved to a be a magic moment in my artistic journey, and ever since I have been working exclusively with this, to me, perfect medium.

Why do I feel this way? First, pastel is one of the most permanent media in existence, so a work in pastel, if properly cared for, has great longevity. I also love the softness and brightness achievable with this medium as well as the great range of tone and color. In fact, I find pastel so fascinating that I have created a special page for it, called Materials, that I recommend you read if you have an interest in learning more.

I like painting landscapes and portraits of both people and animals. I do it, mostly, for my enjoyment, but recently have expanded to doing work on commission. If you are interested, but live in another state, I can ship my work to you regardless of where you live. Please, enjoy the journey through the site. Email me any questions you may have, make suggestions, or share any thoughts that come to mind.

I am looking forward to the opportunity of meeting you and to sharing my love of pastel with you all.