Sponsored by the Sierra Pastel Society, the international juried exhibition “Pastels on High” recently doled out awards to some deserving participants, including this familiar master.
The subject gazes out of the frame and toward the viewer’s left, surrounded by a lush array of expressive purples, blues, and greens. Her soft features are captured sharply and skillfully, allowing her likeness to lift from the page with convincing reality. Her white blouse — masterfully rendered with minimal strokes — provides a point of rest and highlights the sitter’s eyes and earrings.
Titled “Emma,” this amazing pastel portrait by William A. Schneider was recently honored with an Award of Excellence during the 11th Annual Pastels on High International Juried Exhibition, running through September 3 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael, California. The exhibition is sponsored by the Sierra Pastel Society and has long represented the most accomplished pastel artists working today.
We congratulate all the deserving winners! To learn more, visit the Sacramento Fine Arts Center.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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