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Rita Kirkman, 1965 | Pastel painter

Award winning** Artist Rita Kirkman is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a daily painter and blogger. She is well known for her portraits of Renaissance** characters, her caricatures and quick sketches, and elevating the status of beautiful Texas cattle through her vivid portraits of them!
For biographical notes and other works by Kirkman see:

"I’m blessed to be able to find beauty in almost everything I see. My work has evolved into an observation of sunlight and shadow, and recently I’ve been playing with more adventurous ways to portray light with color, value, and temperature. I've fallen in to painting ranch animals as one of my series of subjects popular with collectors. This works rather well because ranch animals are ideal models of sunlight, and as Claude Monet said, ‘The subject matter, my dear good fellow, is the light."