SacramentoArt
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Sacramento Art

.Suzi Long Pastel Artist I developed a love for pastels as a child when my mother gave me her old set of Rembrandt’s. I drew many things from my head, trying to not copy other people’s art. My father was quite critical of my work and suggested I copy calendar photos. I declined, stating that this was “copying” and that I didn’t feel right doing that. Funny, at the age of 30 I went to live in Hawaii for 9 years and actually saw the Hawaiian man I drew from my mental memory years before. Unfortunately, I no longer have these early works. I’d never considered pastel an “adult” medium, so I became an award-wining watercolorist while I was making a living painting murals in homes from Honolulu throughout California. After I settled in Sonoma in the early 90’s, I honed my fine art painting craft and eventually found my way back to pastels when it was suggested at a Taos, NM, workshop that one should be working in the medium that “feels right.” Pastels are my passion. They make me sing. I feel at one with this medium, and have earned Signature Membership with prestigious pastel societies, won several prizes including Best of Show in California competitions, and I’ve been featured in INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE’s book 100 WAYS TO PAINT A LANDSCAPE. I’ve studied with some of the best Pastellists in the country over the past 18 years and have taught pastel and sketching and beginning drawing to over 1000 novice artists through my watertower gallery in Mendocino. My work may be viewed at the Mendocino Art Center, the Mendocino Artists Co-Operative Gallery at the corner of Kasten and Albion Streets in the village of Mendocino; at the Prentice Fine Art Gallery 4500 Main St. Mendocino, the John Hanes Gallery in Boonville. I continue to sharpen my pastel skills, paint trompe l'oeil murals, teach pen/watercolor, and live the life of an artist on the coast of California.
SacramentoArt
Made with Xara

Sacramento Art

.Suzi Long Pastel Artist I developed a love for pastels as a child when my mother gave me her old set of Rembrandt’s. I drew many things from my head, trying to not copy other people’s art. My father was quite critical of my work and suggested I copy calendar photos. I declined, stating that this was “copying” and that I didn’t feel right doing that. Funny, at the age of 30 I went to live in Hawaii for 9 years and actually saw the Hawaiian man I drew from my mental memory years before. Unfortunately, I no longer have these early works. I’d never considered pastel an “adult” medium, so I became an award-wining watercolorist while I was making a living painting murals in homes from Honolulu throughout California. After I settled in Sonoma in the early 90’s, I honed my fine art painting craft and eventually found my way back to pastels when it was suggested at a Taos, NM, workshop that one should be working in the medium that “feels right.” Pastels are my passion. They make me sing. I feel at one with this medium, and have earned Signature Membership with prestigious pastel societies, won several prizes including Best of Show in California competitions, and I’ve been featured in INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE’s book 100 WAYS TO PAINT A LANDSCAPE. I’ve studied with some of the best Pastellists in the country over the past 18 years and have taught pastel and sketching and beginning drawing to over 1000 novice artists through my watertower gallery in Mendocino. My work may be viewed at the Mendocino Art Center, the Mendocino Artists Co-Operative Gallery at the corner of Kasten and Albion Streets in the village of Mendocino; at the Prentice Fine Art Gallery 4500 Main St. Mendocino, the John Hanes Gallery in Boonville. I continue to sharpen my pastel skills, paint trompe l'oeil murals, teach pen/watercolor, and live the life of an artist on the coast of California.