Karen Israel

Karen Israel uses PanPastel as an important part of her pastel paintings, in combination with soft pastel sticks.

“I like to use PanPastel because they offer a transparent application of rich pigments and mix well with traditional pastel which are by comparison opaque.” - Karen Israel


About Karen Israel

Karen Israel’s pastel paintings are defined by their dynamic compositions and unique viewpoints. She is influenced by the light and mood of the subject and lets those elements dictate her approach. These subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices.

Among her many awards, Karen’s work placed Fourth in Pastel Journal Magazine’s top 100 juried competition. She was recently designated the honor of Signature Member with the American Artists Professional League and she has earned Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Karen is an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC and The Copley Society, Boston.

Karen conducts many teaching demonstrations and workshops throughout the United States.

Karen’s work was featured in articles in Practique Des Arts (France and Southwest Art Magazine (USA).

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Recent Posts:

Our latest Q&A is with New York City based artist Beverly Brown. We wanted to share her beautiful PanPastel paintings and to find out more about her creative process and why she uses PanPastel. Beverly used PanPastel Colors for all of the work shown below.

My grandfather was a painter, illustrator, and professor. I grew up sitting on his lap watching him draw. It fascinated me. I had an amazing (and patient, ha) art teacher in high school that nurtured my abilities and helped me create a portfolio that was awarded several scholarships to major art schools.

Lora Murphy was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland, USA and Italy. Trained as an oil painter, she now works primarily in Encaustic and mixed media. Lora teaches workshops in Contemporary Portraiture in Encaustic throughout the world and is currently working on an E-course, due to be released this year. She divides her time between Ireland and Denmark and maintain studios in both countries.

Our latest Artist Q&A is with Canadian artist Amy Hetherington of Headspace Illustrations.

We have been following Amy’s work on Instagram, and love how she uses PanPastel for her beautifully delicate nature inspired illustrations. So we asked Amy to tell us more about her work, and how she uses PanPastel.