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September 13 - Rita Kirkman - Pastels

Rita Kirkman was drawing portraits of friends and family members by the age of 11, and had her first paid portrait commission at 17. While still in school, she began a 12 year career sketching quick portraits at amusement parks. She still does the same quick portraits at venues such as the San Antonio Rodeo, and her caricatures can be acquired at dozens of Texas festivals and events throughout the year.

But there’s more to this artist than quick caricatures. Her improving artistic skills and expanding subject matter have drawn international recognition and awards. Her work has been published in The Artist Magazine as well as others. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a recipient of the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies.

The vibrant colors and detailed strokes that make up her paintings bring to the viewer an unexpected emotional response. Those paintings featuring her children are especially sweet. Portraiture, wildlife and landscapes all benefit from the talented eye of this artist. "Life is too full to only paint one thing. Everything I see gives me ideas!"


Come see Rita create for us and get ideas  to improve your own work. To avoid conflict with Labor Day weekend plans, we are meeting Sunday, September 13, at the Waco Charter School, 615 N 25th Street, at 1:30 for refreshments and conversation, with the meeting and demo at 2. Bring friends. The first visit is free, or they can join for the rest of the year for only $6. Also bring a painting for the monthly contest.


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