American pastel artist Rita Kirkman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. Meanwhile, in 1986 she began a 12 year career sketching quick portraits at amusement parks, and in 1988 she began a business drawing detailed pencil portraits from client photos.

Since 2003, Kirkman has improved her own style and technique with pastel through independent study and workshops with renowned artists each year. This effort has been consistently rewarded with major awards in national and international competitions. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel, and published in many others. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a recipient of the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her portraits and paintings are in private collections all over the world.

The PGE board wishes you all a wonderful spring with this lovely bouquet by our member Vera Kavura.



This month's Get Dusty challenge is all about animals in a social group. That means that we want to see more than two animals - that's a pair - of the same species. A flock of chicken, a murder of crows, a herd of elephants, a school of fish, a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions; the list goes on and on!

As usual, every member can enter up to two paintings. Deadline is April, 25. 

Remember that you need the photographer's permission if you do not use your own reference photo!


Gareth Jones, our judge for the March Get Dusty Competition has made his decision:

The winner is Svenja Starke with "Cold and Damp". Congratulations! Svenja receives a material prize from our sponsor and packaging are included in the prize.

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In second place is Joelle Stordeur with "La pointe du Brouis"in third place is Martina Zingler with "Shallow".

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We have created a brand-new private FB group exclusively for PGE members. Go to the new forum thread New private FB group for PGE members for more information.