Artist Rita Kirkman

An example of fine art by Rita Kirkman

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://ritakirkman.com

  • Year Born: 1965

  • Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America since 2003

  • Recipient of the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies 2007

  • Price Range: $245.00 - $12,000.00

The Artist Says:

Live in the moment. Love what you do, and you'll never have to 'work' a day in your life.

Dealers Say:

"...Kirkman paints beyond light, color, and composition; she captures the essence and spirit of life.  Her ability to communicate pure poetry is captivating and ...simply spectacular."
~C. P. Swing, Infinity Art Gallery



    "I’m blessed to be able to find beauty in everything I see. My work has evolved into an observation of sunlight and shadow, and recently I’ve been playing with more adventurous ways to portray light with color, value, and temperature. Along with themed portraiture, a trendy subject with my collectors has been ranch animals. This works rather well because ranch animals are ideal models of sunlight, and as Claude Monet said, ‘The subject matter, my dear good fellow, is the light.’”
                  ~Rita Kirkman

Rita Kirkman, PSA, CPS, IAPS/EP
Rita Kirkman was born an artist.  She has been using pastel since she was 11 years old and had her first paid portrait commission at 17.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. Meanwhile, in 1986 she began a 12 year career sketching quick portraits at amusement parks, and in 1988 she began a business drawing detailed pencil portraits from client photos. (Samples and information about these portraits and sketches can be found at RitaKirkmanDrawings.com.)
Since 2003, Kirkman has improved her own style and technique with pastel through independent study and workshops with renowned artists each year.  This effort has been consistently rewarded with major awards in national and international competitions. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel, and published in many others. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her portraits and paintings are in private collections all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Africa and Australia.
In 2011, Kirkman took a workshop with internationally known daily painter Carol Marine, which had an incredible impact on her career. Painting small and posting frequently improved [...]

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