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Mary Anne TessierI have been drawing and painting since I was a child; however, only in recent years have I been able to devote more time to my habit. I find pastel to be both challenging and forgiving. It allows me to paint in an exact manner or be loose and painterly.

What is pastel painting? Pastel is a dry medium. The pastel itself is a short stick, chalk-like in appearance. It can be applied dry, or the painting surface can first be painted with pastel or with watercolor. If under-painted with pastel, it can then be brushed with alcohol. When the surface is dry, the painting can be finished with the dry sticks. I like to use a sanded paper for my artwork, although on occasion a handmade paper can do very nicely for some landscapes.

Landscapes here on Cape Cod are an artist’s dream, a never-ending supply of beaches, boats, sunrises, and sunsets. However, animal portraits are what I truly love doing. Each little face has its own endearing quality and expression.

I can produce an everlasting memory of your special companion, or a landscape using your own photos as a guide. It makes a unique gift for a loved one or for yourself.

I have lived on Cape Cod since 1983; I’ve been a business owner for 23 years and a pastel painter for even longer.

I have studied with Alan Garnes at the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona, Nancy Clauss in Paradise Valley in Arizona, Aline Gagne in Eastham, and Carrie Curran in Phoenix. I am a juried member of the Eastham Painters Guild and The Guild of Chatham artists, as well as a member of the Yarmouth Art Guild, the Cape Cod Art Association, the Cape Cod Cultural Center, and the Arizona Pastel Artist Association.

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