Capturing nature in pastels motivates me to move toward the unusual, the perspective of nature I did not notice before, and the feeling of exhilaration that it brings. I love the precision that my science background gave me, and yet the creative spirit requires release and flexibility. To paint nature requires distinct focus on light, shadow, and color. I must see not only contour, but also the space around and behind my subject, and I must see color in ways that create harmony, emphasis, connection, and composition, without necessarily judging accuracy or realism. For me, the experience of painting nature with soft pastels is both meditative and challenging.
Shop Evanston Made: Sandra Lema-Stern