Artist Gary Blackwell

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I've been lucky. I've always known I would be a visual artist. I can't imagine not drawing and painting. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. After my required stint in the army where I served as an illustrator, I finally settled in Southern California. I worked in advertising for 23 years as a Creative Director for a large corporation. During this time I never lost my focus on art. I continued painting and taking workshops to stay active. In the 90's I became involved with pastels and joined a number of pastel organizations. I soon became a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Within the absolute minimum three years the PSWC honored me with the coveted Distinguished Pastelist award. Today I am a full-time painter enjoying both studio and plein-air painting. I currently teach landscape painting and figure drawing as well as attend a number of juried plein-air events and give demonstrations.

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