Pastelist Roxane Chardon explores the artistry of nature in her paintings of contemporary earth and waterscapes. Her travels throughout coastal and interior areas of the country provide the foundation for her paintings. Early morning or late afternoon are favored times of day for capturing a mood of tranquility.
Roxane likes working in series, starting with a specific idea and depicting that idea multiple times through variations of color and design. This allows the artist deeper familiarity with the topic at hand, encouraging exploration of new concepts within a set framework.
Painting in the pastel medium allows Roxane to create subtle variations of tones within the light and shadow of a composition while at the same time rendering the focus of the piece clearly. Once an idea for a work is determined, the artist finds it useful to experience a particular scene first-hand in order to capture the spirit of an area. Photographs and sketches are used as tools to help recall details or to capture a quickly moving sky.
Roxane received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College and her Masters degree from Northeastern University. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America and is the recipient of numerous awards in regional and national juried shows.
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