Birds and their feathers, nests, and eggs have always fascinated me, and I enjoy seeing, hearing, and interacting with them. Their behaviors are interesting and sometimes surprising. Their calls, noises and songs can even bring back memories of a particular place and time, just like hearing an old tune streaming on the radio/device.

The setting of this painting is on the bank of the Necanicum River in Seaside, Oregon, on a cloudy and chilly Christmas Eve. It is remarkable how herons and other birds can tuck in their long necks and stand on one leg for an extended period. This pastel is the first in a new series of planned avian paintings and I’m very happy that it is included in this exhibition!

2023 Northwest Pastel Society Members Art Show: Celebrating Pastel Artistry

Dates: September 16th through October 21

Venue: Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

Necanicum River Heron, pastel 18" x 24"

Necanicum River Heron | 18″ x 24″ | Pastel

From the Northwest Pastel Society:

“Join us for a celebration of creativity at the 2023 NPS Members Art Show, proudly sponsored by the Northwest Pastel Society!

Immerse yourself in the world of pastel art as our talented members come together to showcase their recent works. This event is a testament to their dedication and skill, and we can’t wait to share their creations with you.

Let’s celebrate the power of art to inspire, captivate, and move us. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and invite your friends and family to join this artistic journey.”

NW Pastel Society 2023 Members Show

Paintings shown, clockwise from top left: “An Open Book” by Bithia Bjurman, “Sunset Villa” by Janice Wall, “Nikkis Pond” by Laura Haroldson 

The Larson Gallery is housed in a beautiful new (2021) gallery building! Please call, email or check the website for current and additional information.

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Thanks for your interest and have a beautiful day!

Best Wishes,



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