Why pastels?

Pastels probably aren't an obvious first choice as an art medium and I'm often asked why I choose them above oils, watercolours or acrylics.

It was longer ago than I care to remember but in fact I have Mr. Snow, my art teacher, to thank. I had to complete two pieces for my O'level exam. A drawing of my hero, David Bowie, was always going to be one and I chose to do that in graphite. However, I was struggling for a second idea, especially as I wanted to do something at least a little out of the ordinary. "Try these" said Mr Snow, introducing me to a box of pastels for the first time.

Pastels and I hit it off straight away.

A selection of pastels.