‘Center Stage’ by Carol Lois Haywood; pastel pencil on 18 X 24″ white-toned pastel board

One of my more singular methods of working in pastel shows up in this portrait of an artist friend and model. A beautiful lady of a certain age honored me with a sitting for photos that produced this and several other works in pastel.

Today my critic quickly embraced the symbolic tension between the 3-D treatment of her figure–and the stage-backdrop handling of the background. Such a delight for someone to “get” this element! Not many have.