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Carol Ann Allen

San Rafael, CA

My pastels are one of a kind original compositions rendered from still life or from photos that I have taken. I mix my colors on the paper, working from dark to light in varying degrees, according to light, shadow and form. i then carefully press the colors into the paper to form the desired composition. Yoga and meditation help me to see how everything in the picture plane is connected, and how one thing cannot exist without the others.

I was born and raised on the East Coast, but California has been my home for over forty years. My first works were in watercolor. College of Marin and it's many fine art teachers helped form my art background, but most of my pastel techniques are self-taught.

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