Emma Colbert , our judge for the June Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Yael Maimon with "Good Morning Pal". Congratulations! Yael receives a gift voucher.

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In second place is Ronald Hoppe with "Friends"in third place is Esther Kruis with "Sharing".

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Having graduated at UCA Maidstone with BA Hons Illustration in 2007, Emma Colbert began working on portrait commissions and producing her own series of wildlife pastel paintings.  She is now a leading animal portrait artist in the UK.  Endorsed by Unison Soft Colour Pastels, she has created colour selections of soft pastels for them designed specifically for painting animals.  You can read more about Emma’s Animal Unison sets here.

After discovering pastel at a young age, Emma knew this was the medium in which she wanted to develop.  An equal love of animals has fuelled a love of painting them.  Using pastels in a painterly way Emma creates highly detailed, vibrant work inspired by the beauty of nature and light.

Wanting to spend more time in nature, Emma currently lives and works in a motorhome with her partner Andrew and their miniature dachshund Brocci.  This has opened up the opportunity to be at one with nature, rising at dawn to photograph the mammals she paints, and spending long days painting in her portable studio at the back of the camper.

Having toured around Ireland in 2015 the trio are embarking on a European tour in 2016, painting and blogging as they go.  Although it is her aim to paint the inspirational scenes and wildlife on the trip, Emma will of course continue to produce commissioned portraits.  As the work is often posted worldwide and correspondence takes place online most of the time, this will not be a problem to any client anywhere.



Dorothea Schulz PGE, our judge for the May Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Svenja Starke with "On the ground II". Congratulations! Svenja receives a gift voucher from our sponsor the Pastel-Shop.de.

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In second place is Kerstin Birk with "Seaweed washed up on the beach"in third place is Alena Rachinger with "Nature´s treasures".

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This month, our Get Dusty challenge is about the relationship between human and animal. Show us a double portrait or figure of someone with their furry, scaly or feathery friend. Please do not enter far away riders or someone in the distance walking their dog; this is not a landscape competition. Human and animal should be the main elements of your composition and should dominate the picture plane.

As usual, every member may enter up to two paintings. The deadline is June, 25. Happy painting!


                     Dorothea Schulz PGE, Master copy after Mary Cassatt, Sara and her dog

Rita Kirkman PSA , our judge for the April Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Motti Shoval with "Crams". Congratulations! Motti receives a gift voucher.

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In second place is Jeremy Lee Mun Loong with "Circle of life"in third place is Yael Maimon with "Kittens".

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