Pastel

Pastel portraits

Love Lives!

Most Recent Portraits by A.VonnHartung 2014

"Love Lives" pastel portraits by AVonnHartung
“Love Lives” pastel portraits by AVonnHartung

The painting of portraits (artist’s statement)

Next to Sacred Art, portrait painting is for me a deep spiritual experience, a prayerful endeavor.

In and through the physical characteristics of the person being painted is a map guiding me through and beyond emotions to near where the soul of the person lives. Here I coax the soul out, so-to-speak, with whispers and fleeting glimpses through compassion, intuition and something mystical. This hopefully endows the finished image with a FEELING of who the person being painted IS.
 
I always speak in the present tense of portraits because they have a soul and the soul always lives and is present. AVH
 

“Manuel Diaz and Family” pastel portrait by A.Vonn Hartung 2014