2019 IAPS Convention
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Jacob Aguiar

Jacob Aguiar PSA, IAPS-MC

It's Not Easy Being Green (DM204)
Golden Hour on the Marsh (DM307)
Color Study Bootcamp (WS24)

Jacob Aguiar is an internationally recognized pastel artist. He has won several awards including the Award of Excellence in the 2018 Pastel 100, and has been featured in Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, and the Pastel Journal. You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, or his website.


Tony Allain


The Power of Light and Colour (DM212)
Towards Abstraction (Where Land Meets Water) (WS05)
Towards Abstraction (Where Land Meets Water) (WS16)

An award winning painter, author, instructor and self-taught artist, Tony has gained many awards in juried competitions and exhibitions. His paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world including, Cunard Shipping Corporation. An impressionist painter of color, light and movement, he has been painting for over 45 years. Born and raised in the Channel Islands, Tony now lives in the UK.
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Lyn Asselta

Lyn Asselta PSA, IAPS-MC

What to Leave In, What to Leave Out (DM209)
Finding (and Painting) the Essence of Place (WS02)

Lyn Asselta, PSA, IAPS MC, has exhibited her pastel landscapes throughout the US and in France and China. She has been a National Park Service Artist in Residence, is a member of the Salmagundi Club, and is the founder the First Coast Pastel Society. She travels often to paint and teach.


Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

The Veiled Figure (DM101)
Blending Color in the Layered Still Life (DM308)

Brian E. Bailey, formerly a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he now paints and teaches privately in New Jersey. He has won numerous awards for his work in pastel and has been featured in select exhibitions both nationally and abroad. His work is held in several public and private collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.


Gwenneth Barth-White

Gwenneth Barth-White PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

Moving to Portraiture in Simple Steps (DM107)
How to Maximize a Portrait's Strength (WS13)

Having grown up in Switzerland, Gwenneth studied at Geneva's Beaux Arts and College of Design, then became a master Pastelist and Vice-President of the 150-year-old Societe des Pastellistes de France. As a portraitist, she has painted royalty and heads of industry.


Stephanie Birdsall

Stephanie Birdsall PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

Go Anywhere with Pastels! (DM206)
Limited Palette and Beautiful Flowers (WS08)

Stephanie Birdsall has Master status with IAPS and PSA. She is a member of the Putney Painters, founded by Richard Schmid, and has developed a limited pastel palette based on his color charts. She has a love affair with color, flowers and still lifes. She has received over 50 awards and been featured on PBS, as well as many publications.


Lorenzo Chàvez

Lorenzo Chàvez

Landscapes of the Land of Enchantment (DM304)
Landscape Paintings of the Great American West (WS23)

Lorenzo finds inspiration in the intoxicating open spaces of the American West. Raised in New Mexico, he now resides in Colorado. He participates in prestigious exhibitions and his suggestive renderings and fluent technique have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States. He is considered by many to be the west’s premier pastel painter. Lorenzo juries pastel exhibitions and teaches workshops across the country. He is a member of The Plein Air Painters of America.


Tom Christopher

Tom Christopher PSA, IAPS-MC

Creating Textures in the Pastel Landscape (DM103)
Bringing Light into Winter Landscape (DM302)

Living in the Midwest for most of his life has greatly influenced Tom’s style of painting. He paints primarily in pastel, relying on the changing seasons of the Iowa landscape near his home for his subject matter. He has developed his own pastel surface using textured underpainting. He enjoys facilitating workshops and demonstrating his techniques throughout the country.


Lyn Diefenbach

Lyn Diefenbach IAPS-MC

The Floral Landscape (DM306)

The pursuit of masterly quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn. Her paintings cover a myriad of subjects with bold florals consistently receiving accolades. Lyn holds IAPS Master Circle status, Signature Member of PSA and Master Pastelist with PS of Australia. She has features in major publications including Pastel Journal and Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel and is a highly respected and sought-after tutor, with teaching engagements internationally and across Australia.


Dawn Emerson

Dawn Emerson PSA, PSWC

Painting Out Loud (DM106)
Monotype and Pastel - A Beautiful Marriage! (WS03)

Dawn Emerson has been exploring the possibilities of pastels for over 20 years always seeking to expand the expressive range of the medium. Her work with monotypes and other forms of printmaking has opened new vistas and imagery. As a teacher she is always exploring how new tools and techniques like monotypes can nurture the creative growth of her students.


Julie Freeman

Julie Freeman PSA, MPANZ

Animals - A Photorealistic Perspective (WS20)

Julie is an award winning artist from New Zealand who shares a love of pastel and photorealism. Julie is a Master Pastelist (MPANZ) and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA).


Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman PANZ

Animals - A Photorealistic Perspective (WS20)

Michael is an award winning artist from New Zealand who shares a love of pastel and photorealism. Michael has an MFA and over 35 years teaching experience. He is a member of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand.


Albert Handell

Albert Handell PSA-HFH&MP

The Painterly Pastel (DM108)

Albert Handell is a consistent judge and juror for countless annual national invitationals and regional painting exhibitions. He has a variety of unique teaching programs including plein air painting workshops and his advanced personalized paint-along mentoring programs, where aspiring artists paint with Albert at his favorite painting locations.


Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Liz Haywood-Sullivan PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

Drama in the Sky (DM309)
SmARTBusiness: Why Do You Paint? (PD202)
Focus on Skies (WS01)

Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, is a President Emerita of the International Association of Pastel Societies (2013-2017) where she managed 3 international conventions and 12 international exhibitions. Dedicated to pastel since 1996, she teaches nationally and internationally, and is in demand as judge and demonstrator for pastel societies and arts organizations around the world.


Marcia Holmes

Marcia Holmes PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

Abstract Impressionism Extended (Oil and Water Do Mix) (DM208)
Free the Abstract in You! (WS07)

Celebrating 20 years painting, Louisiana abstract artist, poet & juror Holmes has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, The Pastel Journal, American Art Collector & Art Journey-Abstract Painting. Marcia has received recognition around the globe at museum exhibitions, and in numerous solo and juried society shows. Known for her water lilies, large-scale oil and mixed media works, she has also led plein air trips to France.


Christine Ivers

Christine Ivers PSA-MP, IAPS-MC, CP

Let it Glow: Painting the City Nocturne (DM105)
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark! (WS15)

Known for her luminous "NightScape" pastel paintings, Chris is the past-president of CT Pastel Society, former Board of Governors Member of PSA, and is a present Board member of IAPS. Affiliated with numerous art organizations, winner of numerous awards, Chris is an encouraging teacher who loves working with artists everywhere.


Rita Kirkman

Rita Kirkman PSA, IAPS-MC

Conquer Daily Painting with an Assembly Line Approach (DM207)
Pastel in Miniature (WS06)

A pastel artist since childhood, Kirkman's work is defined by light, color and composition, and since 2003 has consistently won major awards in national and international competitions. Her paintings have been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel, and published in many others. Since 2011 she has posted hundreds of small paintings on her blog, and is rapidly becoming a popular workshop instructor.


Casey Klahn

Casey Klahn PSA, IAPS-MC

Anyone Can Do Their Self Portrait! (DM104)

Casey Klahn is an American Colorist painter. He is recognized for his blending of representation and abstraction, and for strong color designs."I want my pictures to feel for you like nine months of rain, but with hope for tomorrow."


Isabelle Lim


Rhythm of Color and Movement (DM205)
Patterns of Color and Movement (WS11)

Singapore Artist, Isabelle V. Lim is a Master Pastelist of both the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Societe des Pastellistes de France (SPDF) and a member of the Master Circle of the International Association Pastel Societies (IAPS) for which she was a judge of awards at the 11th Biennial IAPS Exhibition, 2015. Societe des Pastellistes de France and Pastel d’Opale honored her as their exhibition Guest-of-Honor in 2014 & 2018 respectively.

Kim Lordier

Kim Lordier PSA, IAPS-MC

Inspiration, Instinct and Self Critique - A Conversation with Kim Lordier (DM312)
Coastal Waterways Simplified (WS25)

A Signature Member of PSA, Laguna Plein Air Painters, Distinguished Pastelist of PSWC, and Signature Artist of the California Art Club, Kim's work has gained national attention and been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and The Pastel Journal. Kim has received recognition for her landscapes at major plein air events, society shows and museum exhibitions, and she leads workshops across the country.


Karen Margulis

Karen Margulis PSA, IAPS-MC

Strategies for Beautiful Wildflowers (DM211)
Social Media Savvy for Artists (PD301)

Karen is an IAPS Master Circle member and a Signature Member of PSA. Her wildflower paintings have received recognition in many exhibitions including PSA and IAPS where her wildflower painting won the 2011 poster competition. Her work has also been featured in Pastel Journal. Karen is a Daily Painter and art blogger. She teaches workshops and shares her instruction on her daily blog and Patreon page.


Andrew McDermott

Andrew McDermott SFCA, PSC, IAPS-MC

Speedy McPastel (DM305)
Bright Lights in the City (WS12)

Andrew refined his own unique style, winning top awards including IAPS Master Circle. He has many published articles, including The Artist magazine 25 under 40, International Artist, The Artist UK, Magazin'art, and Pastel Journal. A popular workshop Instructor, Andrew is also a life-drawing Instructor for the Illustration Department at Langara College, Capilano University and for the Animation department at the Vancouver Film School.


Nancie King Mertz

Nancie King Mertz PSA-MP, IAPS-MC, CPP-MP

Cityscapes Got You Running for the Hills? (DM203)
Bold Cityscapes in Pastel (WS18)

Nancie King Mertz is a lifetime oil painter adding pastels in 1988. Producing over 100 works annually, she's traveled to 20 countries for plein air painting and teaching in the US. She was the Feb. 2015 cover artist for Pastel Journal, twice named "Chicago Artist of the Year" and has work featured on Chicago-based TV shows. Richeson Pastels have two sets in her name and Streamline Publishing offers her instructional videos.


Cecilia Murray

Cecilia Murray

From the Gallery Perspective (PD201)
Portfolio Development - Critique to Gain Gallery Representation (PD303)

Cecilia Murray is owner of Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, SC, representing painters such as Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Desmond O'Hagan, Jeanne Rosier Smith, and Alain Picard. An award winning artist herself, Cecilia's work gained recognition on the national level when she was awarded Best in Show in Kennebunkport, Maine in 2011.


Kathleen Newman

Kathleen Newman PSA, IAPS-MC, CPP

Into the Sun (DM310)
Letting Go of the Photo (WS19)

Kathleen creates paintings inspired by her love of the outdoors and the many moods of light and shadow across the landscape, urban environment and interior settings. She has been awarded the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle Gold Medal, signature letters in the Pastel Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, and the American Transparent Watercolor Society and is a Chicago Pastel Painters Master.


Nancy Nowak

Nancy Nowak PSA, IAPS-MC

Ungreen! (DM210)
Structures in the Landscape (WS17)

Nancy is an IAPS Master Circle member, PSA and AIS Signature Member, and IAPS Board Member and teaches classes and workshops. Her work has been featured multiple times in Pastel Journal Magazine along with winning the Ruth Richeson Gold Award (2018) and 1st place landscape award (2016) in the Top Pastel 100.


Desmond O'Hagan

Desmond O'Hagan PSA-MP, IAPS-MC, CPP

Capturing Light - Interpreting Interiors (WS04)

Desmond O'Hagan is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, was inducted into the IAPS Master Circle in 2005, and achieved the IAPS Eminent Pastelist Honor in 2018. He has won several major awards in national and international exhibits, including the IAPS 'Prix de Pastel Award.' His work is included in collections worldwide. O'Hagan is also a contributing professional artist with the website, ProArtCritique.com.


Aline Ordman

Aline Ordman PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

Creating Movement in Painting (DM303)
Thinking Abstractly to Create Illustratively (WS09)

Aline is known for her impressionistic style, and is a PSAM, AIS and IAPS-MP. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal, Fine Art Connaisseur and American Artist Magazine. She was a presenter at PACE in 2016 and 2017. Aline teaches workshops throughout the country and in Europe.


Alain Picard

Alain Picard PSA, CPS

Celebrating Beauty and Diversity through Pastel (DM202)

Alain's pastels are an intimate response to the grace encountered in radiant faces and luminous places, near and far. Influenced by Sargent, Sorolla, Van Gogh and Degas, Alain fuses his love of Impressionism and Realism to reveal beauty through color and light. Alain has demonstrated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, and the Ming Gallery in Suzhou, China.


Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith PSA, IAPS-MC

Where Sea Meets Shore: Painting the Coastline (DM102)
Great Teaching (PD203)
The Motion in your Ocean (WS21)

Jeanne Rosier Smith, PSA, IAPS/MC has been teaching for thirty years, and now teaches from her studio in Sudbury MA and around the country. She was awarded the 2012 IAPS Prix de Pastel and the Pastel 100 2013-2018, winning First Place for Landscape in 2017. She was featured in the August 2018 Pastel Journal.


Debora Stewart

Debora Stewart PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

Floral Fusion (DM301)
Creating Abstract Realism (WS22)

Debora Stewart PSA/MP, IAPS/MC is the author of Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media and a series of videos by Northlight. Debora's work has won awards from Pastel Society of America, Pastel Journal and International Artist Magazine. She is represented by galleries and has taught many national workshops.


Sally Strand

Sally Strand PSA-HFH&MP, IAPS-MC

Showcase the Color of Light! (WS10)
Showcase the Color of Light! (WS14)

Sally Strand was inducted into the PSA Hall of Fame, holds the PSA Master Pastelist distinction, and IAPS Master Circle. Solo exhibitions include a retrospective at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and her work is included in the Butler Museum of American Art permanent collection. Sally teaches workshops and master classes around the country and internationally.
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Urania Christy Tarbet

Urania Christy Tarbet PSA, IAPS-MC

Urania As Your Mentor (PD302)

Urania's art education began at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, and later, private classes with famous artists: Sergei Bongart, Claude Ellington and Joyce Pike. She has taught pastel workshops across the United States, Canada, England, France (Monet's Garden), Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, and exhibited pastels in Taiwan and China.


Kurt Weiser

Kurt Weiser PSA, IAPS-MC

The Black & White of It All (DM201)

Kurt is a member of the IAPS Master Circle and holds Signature memberships with PSA, PPSCC, CPS and DPS. Kurt's journey with pastels began 12 years ago as the "Stay At Home Dad" Artist. While tirelessly and passionately painting during his children's naps and late into the night, he developed his individual style. Since then Kurt has been teaching, and exhibiting nationally and internationally, and has been featured in many publications and the 2nd China Biennial in Suzhou, China.




Painting Interiors (DM311)

JZ started painting at very young age. Initially beginning with classical drawing, notably Russian school. After a very long pause pursuing the medical profession, JZ discovered the charm of pastel. He has received Master Pastelist distinction with the Pastel Society of America and is a member of the IAPS Master Circle.


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