The PSWC greatly appreciates our Regional Reps! These artists have stepped up to help the Society fulfill it’s commitment to promote art and art education in our communities and to have a little fun while doing it! They will be organizing Paint-Outs, Paint-Ins and social events in their geographic areas. If you live in one of these areas, contact them through their websites to find out about upcoming events. Traveling near-by? Here’s a chance to find out about events that will turn your vacation into an art trip! Interested in becoming a regional rep? Please contact Pam Comfort.

Meet The Reps! (and their art)

Rise and Shine by Janis Ellison


Janis has been a professional working artist and instructor for over 20 years. She began as a child, drawing on any scrap of paper she could find. Majoring in Art in College, her father convinced her to become a teacher, he said she would always have a job! Janis went on to teach special education for 30 years, her other passion, working with children and adults of all ages.

Janis became serious about her art when she took pastel classes from Albert Handell in New Mexico in the early 1990’s. She has never looked back, and has fallen in love with the medium. Janis has gone on to study with Richard McKinley, Gil Dellinger, Clark Mitchell, Terri Ford, and many other master pastelists.

I am drawn to the landscape in any form; mountains, oceans, plains, and of course her signature skies.

Janis has attained signature status in 6 pastel societies and granted International Association of Pastel Societies highest honor of Master Circle Status. She has been juried into many international shows and has won national awards in New York, The Butler Museum, and The Haggin Museum. She has been published in The Pastel Journal 100 as an award winner. Janis is represented by galleries across the US.

Region covered: Oregon

Boulder Barn by Bonnie Griffith
Bonnie Griffith

I am a plein air painter and landscape artist who mostly works in pastels, oils. This rich pigments of pastel and oil allows me to create paintings that have the brilliance and the bold color we see in the landscapes of the in the western United States and oils give one unlimited options of color and texture. These mediums lets me present this world with rich color and texture.

Region covered: Idaho,  Montana, Wyoming

Clark Mitchell

Growing up in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, Clark very early discovered a love of the natural world. Given a set of fine German pastels by his father when young, he quickly embraced the medium for its ease of handling, brilliance of color and portability.

He received a bachelor’s degree in art in the seventies and moved to San Francisco to continue his studies. Through personal exploration as well as study with exceptional teachers, Mitchell has developed the talent to create both tightly rendered landscapes as well as looser suggestions in both pastels and oils. To add a remarkable luster to some of his oils, he’s incorporating copper, gold and aluminum leaf.

In order to fully immerse himself in the countryside he loves, Mitchell left San Francisco with his now husband over forty years ago and moved north to beautiful Sonoma County Wine Country.

Designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Clark has received numerous awards in local as well as national competitions. In 2005, he won Best of Show at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational; and in 2011, Best of Show in the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. His paintings have been on the cover of American Artist, Southwest Art and the Pastel Journal.

Region covered: Sebastopol, Napa, Sonoma

Jean Vineyard Myers

Jean Myers is a fine artist in Southern California whose interest is in exploring light and color. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Colorado State University and holds Signature Membership in the PSWC.  Jean’s creativity was nurtured growing up in Missouri with animals and nature in abundance. She spent her summers swimming in lakes and riding hours. Jean paints outdoors when she can and that is an ongoing pursuit that gives her great joy. She believes that there is nothing like standing in nature and observing beauty with great focus for several hours, because it changes one for the better.

Region covered: Southern California

Denice Peters
Denice Peters

Denice Peters is an Iowa native and raised on a farm near LeMars and currently living in Denison. As a full time, self taught, pastel artist, she took it upon herself to hone and craft her talent and her unique realistic style. Denice is drawn to dramatic light and color in realistic styles. The effect light has on subjects and the landscape can be found in her work. The masters use of chiaroscuro and the Hudson Valley Landscape artists are her inspiration. She has been doing pastel exclusively for over 23 years, but has been an artist all her life. After she realized that she needed to follow her dream, she became a full time artist and teaches workshops and classes in her studio.

She exhibits regionally and nationally in group and solo shows and galleries, such as Las Vegas, Colorado, Oregon, Minneapolis and Cape Cod. She has attained many ribbons and awards over the years, including “Best of Show” and selected as a Finalist in “the Artist Magazine’s” Annual International Competition in 2014. Her work is in mostly private collections.

Denice is a Signature Member of the Mid America Pastel Society and a member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast and also Iowa Pastel Society. Her work can be seen on her website, and at Artisan Gallery 218 in West Des Moines, IA, also Clear Lake Art Center, Clear Lake, IA and Synergy Gallery, Storm Lake, IA.

Region covered:Iowa

Ally Oop by Heidi Reeves

Heidi Reeves

Region covered: Tahoe & Reno, Nevada

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