The artist about herself
'I was born in Connecticut, grew up in South Florida and spent summers in the North Carolina Mountains.  I currently live in Marietta Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.  I graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Education. I operated a family day care for 21 years so that I could stay home with my own 2 children. We traveled every summer with the kids and tried to visit every National Park. Most of my paintings are inspired by the photos I took on these adventures. I am now painting and teaching pastel classes and workshops full time. I am represented by several galleries in the Southeast as well as several online galleries. I am a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America.'

Our first open online competition is over. We will check all the entries, then our judges will have the next weeks to make their choices. The winner in each category gets 200€ + art material from our sponsors. Second places win 150€, third places 100€. The results will be published on October, 31. All the winning paintings will be shown in a special edition of our newsletter, the Scribbler. 

Deborah LaFogg Docherty’s art combines great two loves; her love of nature and her love of painting. She strives to give people a glimpse of how animals live in the wild, raise their young, court and survive. She paints a picture of a secret world that many never get a chance to see.

Her paintings have won national and international awards and have been included in Art museum shows in the US and abroad.

In February of this year she was part of a group of artists to go to Kenya for conservation. The goal is to help with fund raising efforts to bring back the Northern White Rhino from the brink of Extinction.

In April she was asked by the Florida National Parks Trust to create a painting for the 'Celebrating 50 years of Biscayne National Parks' fund raiser. She has also won a place in The Artists Magazines Top One Hundred Paintings of the year 2018.

Deborah LaFogg is a member of several renowned art societies, including the Pastel Society of America PSA.


Our guest judge Deborah LaFogg Docherty PSA has choosen the winner; it is Irina Orlova with 'In the sunlight´. This is a beautiful, sensitive painting and a worthy winner; congratulations! Irina wins a set of Premium Sanded Pastel Paper from our sponsor UART.

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In second place is Kerstin Birk with 'Apples and Grapefruit'. In third place is Teresa Allen with 'Dancing Cork Oaks'.

 PGE Open Online Pastel 

Competition 2018

The PastelGuild of Europe rf is proud to announce its first ever Open Online Pastel Competition. We have enlisted three well-known pastel artists as judges and offer 2000€ in prize money and hundreds more in art materials or vouchers. Our sponsors are UART, PanPastel, Gordan Becin and Victor4Art.