Long Story Short:
I am a pastel artist, living in Chicago, with Pastel Society of America Signature Status and Chicago Pastel Painters Distinguished Signature Status. I look forward to my first solo show in November 2018, at the Old Town Triangle Association.
How I Got Here:
I've long been a law school academic and tax lawyer who, in 2011, received a box of pencils from my wonderful husband, Jack Siegel, as a birthday gift, after he came across my high school sketchbook. After decades exercising only the left side of my brain, I had a lot to learn about how to express my non-verbal thoughts and ideas.
Fortunately, living in Chicago offers a wealth of artistic resources for a later-in-life amateur artist. I am grateful to my dedicated life drawing instructor, Jim Hajicek, at the venerable Palette and Chisel Academy, and to my extraordinary pastel instructor, Kathleen Newman, who teaches at the Old Town Triangle Association. The Chicago Pastel Painters (http://www.chicagopastelpainters.org) offers events, companionship, and an annual juried exhibition (alternating between a national and a members show).
In 2014, my painting "Cool Rays" won a Prismacolor Award at CPP's Strokin' V Biennial Member Juried Exhibition. In 2015, "Elevenses" and "Scotch & Soda," were accepted into CPP's 5th Biennial National Exhibition. "Enlightenment" and "Blue Bus" juried into the 2016 CPP member show; "Blue Bus" won a Prismacolor Award. With entries into three CPP juried shows, I achieved CPP Signature Status.
In 2017, "Aux Merveilleux" and "Madonna of the Tate" were juried into CPP's 6th Biennial Nation Exhibition; with the Diane Townsend/Prismacolor Award for the latter, I earned CPP-Distinguished Signature Status.
I'm also thrilled that "When in French" was accepted into both the Pastel Society of America's 45th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! (available at http://www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org/45th-annual-pastel-exhibition/) and into the International Association of Pastel Societies 31st Juried Exhibition - The 2017 Webshow (available at http://www.iapspastel.org). In 2017 the Pastel Society of America granted me Associate Membership and in 2018 the PSA granted me Signature Membership. I'm grateful to have a painting (to be revealed in September 2018) accepted into the PSA's 46th Annual Exhibition.
Pastel artists are generous with their time, talent and wisdom, and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to take workshops from (in alphabetical order) Steven Assael, Clayton Beck, Sandra Burshell, Bill Creevy, Doug Dawson, Margaret Dyer, Ellen Eagle, Jean Hirons, Bill Hosner, Casey Klahn, Karen Margulis, Andrew McDermott, Richard McKinley, Nancie King Mertz, Cuong Nguyen, Desmond O'Hagan, Diane Rappisi, William Schneider, Rae Smith, Sally Strand, Kitty Wallis, and Jimmy Wright.
Best of all, I've enjoyed becoming a part of an exciting artistic community. I now serve on the board of directors and as secretary of the Chicago Pastel Painters, and am an active volunteer with the Chicago chapter of the Urban Sketchers.
To see Jack's photos (taken in 2015) of me at work in my studio, go to http://www.jacksiegelphoto.com/#!/portfolio/C0000WUFOPxUva_I/G0000XYb2fchQnXs.
The second photo on the right shows Jack's photo of me furiously at work on a 7' x 5' charcoal on the last day of the New York Studio School's June 2016 Drawing Marathon (click on this image for his blog post). Thanks to Graham Nickson and crew for a horizon-expanding and exhausting two weeks!
The first photo on the right is of a 15-minute (really!) portrait of me by the amazing Rita Kirkman during her demo "Quick-Draw Portraits" at the 2017 IAPS Convention. Thanks for selecting me (at random!), Rita, and for permitting me to post this.
You can reach me by email at evelynbrody@iCloud.com.
Top: 15-Minute Portrait by Rita Kirkman (2017)
Below: Last day at the New York Studio School Drawing Marathon (2016) (photo by Jack Siegel)