‘I returned to Art in 2007 having done little since school many years before. Initially I became interested in portraying animals and have since moved on to human portraits, figurative work, landscape and still life. I find that painting many different subjects keeps me from getting in a rut. I soon discovered that soft pastel was my favourite medium so I use it almost exclusively now. My work is grounded in realism yet I try to put my own stamp on the subjects I choose. I am enchanted by colour and light so I try to use both to enhance my chosen subjects.

I live with my husband and dog in a rural area near Norwich in Norfolk, England. The landscape and skies here are certainly inspiring but I paint whatever landscape inspires me on the day. I have hundreds of memories and reference photos from different parts of the UK and Europe to keep me inspired.

In 2009 I became a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe. Currently internet based, the Guild has been created to bring together pastel artists from all over Europe with the aim of raising the profile of pastel art in Europe. I was honoured to become a signature member in 2017.

My work has evolved from simply copying photos to being more creative with reference material. I still use photos as reference but am not constrained by the photo's limitations. I also use my experiences, memory and emotions in creating my art.

The category for our February Get Dusty is 'Portrait/Figure', the challenge is 'Young child'. That includes babies and toddlers and ends with pre-schoolers i.e. five years would be our age threshhold for this challenge.

As usual, every member may upload up to two entries. Deadline is February, 25. Happy painting!


Silja Salmistu wins our ´Best of Get Dusty 2020´ competition with " Backlit Bouquet", a wonderful still life. What a great start into the new year, congratulations! The certificate is on the way to Silja!

Clarence A. Porter, our judge for the Winter Get Dusty Competition has made his decision:

The winner is Yael Maimon with "Golden Eye" Congratulations! She receives a gift voucher.

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In second place is Joelle Stordeur with "Naomiin third place is Silja Salmistu with "Kind of Blue (s)".

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Today is your last chance to vote for your favourite Get Dusty entry of 2020. You can choose between the 30 beautiful entries in this GALLERY

Then go to the FORUM and post your choice. Happy voting!