Liz Haywood-Sullivan

by Sarah Judson June 27, 2011

Pastelist Liz Haywood-Sullivan began her career as a graphic designer, illustrator, museum exhibit designer and web designer. When the business of design started to be overtaken by technology, she remembered her childhood love of drawing and took classes in the most "hands-on" medium, pastel. It is also perhaps the most vividly colorful medium, since pastels have a higher percentage of pigment and the colors don't yellow over time as oils do. She will sometimes work on black pastel paper, which causes light colors to appear even more vibrant. "Pastel is the ultimate medium for painting light, it’s all about the light...." In addition to focusing on dark-light contrast, she looks for strong compositions and often uses manmade structures to introduce straight lines and other definite graphic elements into a landscape. She offers workshops nationally and internationally and has an exhibit opening October 1st at Vose Galleries in Boston. She is also represented by Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman, Montana. Here is a demo which has been posted on the Connecticut Pastel Society's website. She also discusses her process on the Pastel Blog at the Artist Daily website.

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