Vicki Smith

vickiportersmith@aol.com
vickismithfineart.com

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    Vicki Smith

I always wanted to be an artist.  How many times have you heard that?  Unfortunately, life gets in the way and aspirations get pushed aside.  At least, they did for me. 
I expressed my creativity through my job, as a teacher for a few years and then, later, as a pharmaceutical sales rep.  Good jobs; they paid the bills and allowed me to retire early!  Yay!  Freedom at last!  Before retiring,  my husband pushed me to do something I'd enjoy; so I tried a class in pastel painting.  Loved it!  None of the pesky mixing of colors that you find in other media, just vibrant colors applied directly to sanded papers. 


Pastels are not shades of baby blue, pale pink, lemon yellow and mint green; they are pure pigments  (the same pigments in other paints) formed into sticks, similar to chalk, but definitely not chalk!  Each soft, creamy pastel leaves a swath of glorious color on the gritty paper, producing an effect unlike anything else.   I have been on a journey for the last few years to learn about art and pastel painting in particular.  I've taken classes, workshops, studied on my own and with friends.  I've painted in my own little studio (a converted storage building my husband fixed up for me) and  in the outdoors.   The journey to learn isn't easy; there are always challenges (and how!).    I am a member of the New Braunfels Art League, Texas Pastel Society and am a partner in The Art Cottage (behind the Huisache Restaurant in New Braunfels).    
You can see my art displayed at The Art Cottage and at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery.  My website is VickiSmithFineArt.com and I can be contacted at vickiportersmith@aol.com.  I'd be pleased to have you come along on my pastel journey.