Sharon Pomales

Sharon Pomales uses PanPastel Colors throughout her pastel paintings alongside pastel sticks. Sharon Pomales also uses PanPastel for preparatory drawings before she paints in oils (see examples of preparatory drawings and the finished paintings below).  

Sharon says “I absolutely love PanPastel Colors because they allow me the freedom and spontaneity to create on almost any surface, no other pastel, no matter how hard or soft, has that buttery, almost magical quality of adhering to surfaces not intended for pastel painting, like for example synthetic Yupo paper or drafting vellum or any other non-toothy substrate. It is the most innovative awesome invention in art materials I have seen since I was a kid.”

Preparatory drawing with PanPastel & charcoal : “Queen” (Self portrait)

Finished Painting: “Queen” (Self portrait). Oil on Aluminum – 36 x 30″

The following image shows the preparatory drawing for “It Still Rains in Macondo”  (from Gabriel García Márquez’s “A Hundred Years of Solitude”) created with PanPastel & charcoal:

Finished painting: “Aun llueve en Macondo” (It Still Rains in Macondo)
44 x 40″    PanPastel, Rembrandt sticks & pastel pencils on wood

About the above painting – Sharon wrote:

“If you know Gabriel García Márquez’s novel “Cien años de soledad” (A hundred years of solitude), then you’ll understand the meaning of the title of this painting.

These are children I met and befriended 11 years ago in their hometown of Piñones (Loiza) in Puerto Rico, the one smiling was the closest to me. His brother, not in the painting, and who was only two years older, was gunned down at the age of 15 in a drug related incident, only two years after I photographed them. A few weeks ago, I thought of these boys here and wondered if they were still alive…I hope they are, I hope they didn’t follow that path, I hope they are happy.

It is absurd and angers me, that right in the middle of the San Juan Metropolitan Area, there are people,like these children, living amongst drugs and violence, living without sewage, and many without electricity even before the recent hurricane devastation in the island. If their skin weren’t dark and they weren’t poor, I don’t think this would be the case.  

Today, as you read this, there are entire sectors and towns in my Macondo of Puerto Rico(we all have a Macondo, don’t we) a Commonwealth of the United States of America (not where the wealthy live of course) that still don’t have water or electricity after the hurricane.

It still rains…”

Preparatory drawing for “Interactive at Spaces Gallery”
PanPastel Red Iron Oxide Extra Dark (380.1) on Yupo

Finished painting – “Interactive at Spaces Gallery”
PanPastel & pastel sticks on Yupo Paper  – 35 x 23″

“Agnus Dei Omnes” PanPastel & pastel sticks

The above painting “Agnus Dei Omnes” (latin for ‘They are all the Lamb of God”) was painted to raise awareness about human trafficking and missing children.

Read more about Sharon’s work in the Feb. 2018 issue of “The Pastel Journal” and here is an article about Sharon’s work on


Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sharon Pomales is a contemporary realist artist working in oil and pastel. Since moving to Ohio in 2012 she has exhibited at various galleries, institutions, and museums nationwide. Her work has been featured in various publications.

Sharon is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, International Guild of Realism, Allied Artists of America, and is a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and the Pastel Society of America. Her work is represented by Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma


INSTAGRAM @sharonpomalestousey


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