- Written by Dolores Saul
Dolores Saul is a contemporary German pastel artist. She was born in Frankfurt/Germany in 1959. She has a 20-year old daughter and lives with her husband in a small village in the Taunus region near Frankfurt.
In 2003, after several years in high-performance sports (National Powerlifting Team) she discovered watercolour painting. She liked the challenge of the detailed work in this technique, but as a dental assistant and office manager that was perhaps not surprising. After having refined her technique during several years, she accidentally saw a beautiful tango pastel that completely fascinated her with its brilliance. During a workshop with a well-known German pastel artist in Northern Germany she first properly understood how to use balanced tonal values. After that, these good vibes led to her painting exclusively in pastel. She participated in online courses in the United States and Great Britain and learned from other master pastellists to use pastel colours.
In 2009, she exhibited her pastels for the first time. Since then she has participated in numerous group exhibitions and also had several solo shows. Her paintings have sold in Europe and USA. In 2012, she won a Creative Award for a pastel on bark in Wiesbaden/Germany.
Dolores sometimes work as a freelance illustrator for childrens´books and poetry volumes. She also teaches beginners in pastel art. She gives pastel painting demonstrations in Germany and abroad during art fairs and at art supply stores.
Dolores is on the board of the Arthouse Hochtaunus e.V. She is also a member of several local art associations. She is happy to be a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe PGE since 2014. She soon started assisting the PGE web master as website manager. She has also written articles for the PGE online magazine. Since 2016 she is a member of the PGE board. Since November 2014, Dolores has won the PGE Get Dusty Competition three times. She was five times in second place and four times in third place. She was voted into `Best of Get Dusty`in 2015 and 2016. Now one of her pastel is nominated for the Art Award in Weilburg/Germany. Since August 2017 she´s a Signature Member of the Pastel Guild of Europe (PGE).
2017 Amthof Gallery, Bad Camberg/ Germany;
2016, Spa Hotel Bad Kissingen/Germany
2015 Wehrheim Town Hall/Germany
2014 Villa Borgnis Gallery, Königstein/Germany
2013 Oberursel Town Hall/Germany ; Gallery Sprachbildung Bad Vilbel/Germany
2012 Winery F.Reichert/Germany
2011 MVZ Friedrichsdorf/Germany
‘Pastel is my favorite medium. I can express all my feelings and desires in my art. Striving for realism, I hope that my paintings invite the viewer to step closer and discover the subtle details in the shadows, brilliant light and reflections. I find my inspiration through my travels to foreign places like Hawaii, or in the vivid stories my Argentinian mother told to me who grew up on the Rio Paraná. The endless pampas, the rivers in the rainforest, the waterfalls or the glaciers at Perito Moreno feature in my work as does the Argentinian tango. The waves and colours of the Pacific and the beautiful nature of the islands of Hawaii brings the Aloha to me’.
- Written by Dorothea Schulz
Growing up with a mother who had studied art history and a father who during holidays dragged us kids into every museum we passed, art for me was never very far away. I really can’t remember a time when I was not drawing or painting. As a child I was an obsessive drawer, spending most of my free time with pencils and paper. When I was still in primary school, I spent the major part of my pocket money on a cheap series of booklets about ‘master painters’ which were sold at the small stationer near my school. When I was about 13, I started ‘copying’ paintings – i.e. drawing them in lead pencil. I still have a folder with dozens of drawings; they are meticulously drawn and quite detailed – I seem to have been a lot more patient at that age than I am today.
It must have been around age 14 or 15 that I discovered pastels. I was fascinated by the brilliancy of the colours and the tactility and immediacy of the medium. I spent my whole birthday money on a box of Schmincke pastels and fell instantly in love with them. I continued drawing until I went to University, but when my studies left me less and less time to draw, I turned to my second love, photography. Apart from a bit of silk painting, I used my artistic skills during the next 20 years mainly to entertain my two children.
After our daughter left home for university 6 years ago, I enrolled in a 4-year drawing course at the local art school. Our teacher offered us the use of a lot of different media – among them soft pastels. I went looking for my old box of pastel sticks and discovered them to be as bright and beautiful as on the day I had bought them 30 years before - and I fell in love with them all over again.
Since 2011 Member of the PGE (Pastel Guild of Europe)
Since 2012 Member of the APF (Art du Pastel en France)
Since 2013 Member of 'Regards de pastellistes'
Since 2014 Member of 'les Pastellistes Belges'
Since 2015 Member of 'Pastel d'Opale'
2011 and 2012 Pastel workshops in France and Sweden with Malcolm Jarvis, Terri Ford PSA, Charlotte Herczfeld e.a.
Participation in the monthly competitions of the PGE (‘Get Dusty’):
March 2012 1st place with ‘Betty at the seaside’
November 2012 2nd place with ‘Blue bowl and apricots’
February 2013 2nd place with ‘Mandrill’
Winner of the 'Best of Get Dusty 2012' with 'Betty at the seaside'
May 2013 2nd place with 'The sky is the limit'
October 2013 2nd place with 'Autumn blessing'
January 2014 1st place with 'Hidden splendour'
March 2014 2nd place with 'Spring is in the air'
April 2014 1st place with 'Boeuf Bourguignon'
June 2014 2nd place with 'Betty and Lisa'
Summer 2014 1st place with 'Jam session'
September 2014 2nd and 3rd place with 'Tuscan meal' and 'Cider time'
March 2015 2nd place with 'Autumn beech'
Since March 2013 Member of the PGE Board
April 2013 First solo exhibition at the German language bookshop in Brussels
October 2013 Workshop with Terri Ford PSA in France
April 2014 Participation in the annual exhibition of the Belgian pastellists in Namur
Since November 2014 vice-chair of the PGE
November/December 2014 Second solo exhibition
Since March 2015 Chair of the PGE
June 2015 Workshops with Sally Strand PSA and Stan Sperlak PSA during the IAPS convention in Albuquerque, NM
Since August 2015 Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America PSA
October 2015 Workshop in Normandy with Terri Ford PSA
Participation in the 2nd International Biennal Pastel d'Opale, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France