The Art Critique Service gives PSWC members a place where your artwork can be constructively critiqued by an artist for a small fee. If you are interested in a private professional art critique, some technical help, or just a bit of advice here is your chance to submit up to three images for one fee of $45. The process is easy. Simply click on Artist Critique (here). Upload your images, pay the fee, and you can expect a written response in five days.

You have just finished your masterpiece. You LOVE it. You show it to your spouse, and they love it, too! This one is gallery worthy. The last stroke is in place, you step back and doubt sets in. Does it need more blue? Is it shaded enough? Should you just scrap it all and start again?

Self-critiquing is a mine field, but what every artist really needs is the good eye of another good artist. The PSWC Art Critique Service gives artists the chance to get constructive criticism from art experts. 

The service is receiving rave reviews from the lucky artists who have had their work critiqued. 

Noted artist  and  award winner LaVone Sterling gave us the opportunity to see some of what she had shared with her client. Her critique began,

“Thank you for the opportunity to critique your beautiful paintings. After closely examining each painting I am most impressed with your style and sense of design. You apparently have had some formaltraining or this may be something that comes naturally to you.Either way I must compliment you for a job well done.

All three paintings affirm my impression that you are a strong, confident artist, who has a positive grasp on the element of design. From the images you sent to me, the best example of this is in Painting #2.

In this painting the design has a subtle rhythm, with no apparent conflicting points of interest. My eye moves easily around and within the painting. It is a very nice interpretation of the landscape.

There is good color harmony. Your values are good, and not overstated.”

DISCLAIMER: Artwork created with professional assistance or professional instruction such as an art critique, art evaluation, art assessment, class, workshop, or private instruction will be ineligible for entry into PSWC competitions.

Our three professinal Critique artists are waiting to help you achieve your goals.

Gerald Boyd

Jerry in studio
Gerald Boyd in his studio

Gerald Boyd became interested in art as a career when, as a schoolboy, he won a statewide contest in Oregon for a pencil portrait of his grandfather. By his mid teens, he began using pastels and with the limited set he owned, gained some notoriety for portraits of fellow classmates and the principal of his high school in the San Fernando Valley.  Upon graduation, Jerry secured a position as an apprentice pictorial artist with a billboard company in Los Angeles and, for five years, was sent one evening a week to private fine art classes with an academic teacher.  

Gerald spent 42 years painting giant advertisements in oil, but continued his own painting in both oil, watercolor, and pastel in his off hours and weekends. Beginning in 1983, he became more involved with the local art club and has done demonstrations, mostly in portrait painting, to over 100 such societies. He began entering exhibitions and by 1987 he had earned Signature status with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and also the Society of Western Artists in San Francisco. 

Irene's Way
Irene’s Way by Gerald Boyd

Since retiring in 2003 and building a studio in his backyard, Jerry has taught classes and workshops, judged dozens of art shows both large and small, and served ten years on the board of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, eight as Chairman of Pastels USA.  He has also served as shipping agent for Pastels USA since 2006. In 2009, Gerald earned the “Distinguished Pastellist” status with PSWC and in 2011 gained Signature status with the Pastel Society of America.  Most recently, he has been awarded “Master Circle” status with IAPS – the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Tina Moore

Tina Moore in her studio

Tina Moore is the new Pastels USA 2017. Awards Chair and has been a professional artist and teacher for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Lodi High School where she also did her student teaching in the art department. Her pursuit of art took her to Stephens College in Missouri, the University of Hawaii, and the University of the Pacific, where she earned her B.A. in Fine Art.

She has retired from teaching high school and junior high art to devote more time raising dogs for the blind.

Tina is a realistic artist who primarily works in pastel and oil.  She has works in many private collections throughout the United States and Canada and has done commissions for a variety of organizations.  She has painted many animals including African wildlife, the famous Siegfried and Roy tigers, dogs and horses, especially drafts. Most importantly she loves colors and enjoys how they interact with each other as they meet on her paper or canvas. Her singular ability to capture a subject is a hallmark of her work.

Marisol by Tina Moore

Tina has art works in many private collections and has done commissions for a variety of organizations, including Kaiser Permanente, Porsche Club of America, and the University of the Pacific. She is an award winner in local, regional, national and international shows, including several Best of Show Awards.  She was accepted into the Pastel Society of America’s annual show in New York City this year and has received six awards in The Pastel Journal’s annual competition plus receiving an award again in the most recent Pastels 100.

She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of the West Coast as well as a member of the Portrait Society of America and most recently Women Artists of the West. Tina is presently serving as President and Show Chair of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and will continue the presidency in 2009. She is an active member of the Stockton Art League and has served as show chairman of the prestigious 45th through 54th Annual Exhibitions at the Haggin Museum. Tina is presently the outgoing president of the Stockton Art League having served five terms.

LaVone Sterling

LaVone Sterling in her studio

LaVone Sterling is an award winning California artist whose pastel paintings are internationally recognized. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America; Pastel Society of the West Coast; the Sierra Pastel Society and the Alliance of California Artists. LaVone is a retired Community College Art Instructor with both Bachelor and Master Degrees.  Her work has been published in magazines, books, and her painting Golden Glow is on the box lid of Sennelier Soft Pastel Landscape Set of 30 half-sticks.

LaVone conducts workshops and has both judged and juried art shows. She is currently listed by the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s critique service as one of the critiquing artists. She is married with three daughters and  six grandchildren. She lives in Visalia, California  with her husband and two dogs.

Hidden Valley by LaVone Sterling

In her own words: “From my back door I can see the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains and the soft curves of it’s foothills.  The peaks, blue against the sky, are sometimes covered with snow. The grassy hills, sprinkled with trees, are draped and twist with rivers and streams, that is, when California is not having a drought. As a landscape artist having a plethora of subject matter so nearby, whether wet  or  dry, is a plus. The climate of my work is based on what I see and what I feel. Painting is my time of focus and meditation. There is a quiet peacefulness I experience while creating a painting, which I hope passes on to the viewer.”

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