'Art has always been a part of my life. Having a graphic arts background has influenced my art in that a strong composition is very important to me. I prefer close-up views, studying how shapes created by light and shadows interact together. 
My inspirations found in nature include luminous berries, vegetables, flora, and animals with a focus on birds and waterfowl.
I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Societies of America, Maine, New Hampshire, Central Mass, and an Associate Member of Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and the Connecticut Pastel Society and have received Honorable Mentions in the Pastel 100 Competition for Pastel JournalMagazine as well as a finalist for Artist's Magazine Competitions.'
 
 

Mark Ivan Cole PSA, our guest judge for the March Get Dusty Competition wrote: `My congratulations to the winners! I salute everyone who did the work and had the courage to enter the competition. May we all continue to Get Dusty in pursuit of our art, and may the work be joyous!`

The winner is MARTINA ZINGLER with "Skies over Iceland" Congratulations! Martina wins a set of Premium Sanded Pastel Paper from our sponsor UART.

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In second place is Svenja Starke with "Last Rain Showers", in third place is Karen Israel with "A Day Away".

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Daggi Wallace PSA, our guest judge for the February Get Dusty Competition wrote: ´Thank you so much for the honor of judging your show. It was very difficult to narrow it down to just the few awards allowed! Great job, everybody!‘

The winner is Michele Ashby with "A Labour of Love." Congratulations! Michele wins a set of Premium Sanded Pastel Paper from our sponsor UART.

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In second place is Karen Israel with "Roaming Charge", in third place is Lynn Howarth with "Waiting at the Modern 2".

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Dear members,

our Annual General Meeting is coming up. It will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 6pm GMT/7pm CET in an online meeting room. For details, go to the forum and read the new thread 'PGE Annual General Meeting 2019'.

Update 24/03/19: I have added the meeting ID in the forum thread.

Dorothea Schulz

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Award-winning artist Mark Ivan Cole has lived in mountainous areas in three of Earth’s four quadrants. He enjoys painting plein air and studio pieces alike. Fluent in several media, Cole has a large catalog of works in pastel, acrylic, ink, graphite and colored pencil. He is currently focusing on representational landscapes from his explorations, and scenes from his imagination. Cole is also an accomplished musician and a published novelist and poet.

'I am an avid explorer of the outdoors, and that experience informs and influences my creative work. I want my paintings to convey the emotions I feel in a specific place, breathing the air and taking in the surroundings. My work also explores my “Inner Visions,” scenes created within my imagination. These, too, are based on observations and my responses to both natural and man-made environments. I hope that my love of the natural world inspires others to cherish this planet on which we live.'