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MARIE SANDERS PROFILE

I graduated in 1971 from the three year design course at the Wellington School of Design, where I learnt the importance of strong drawing and design skills. I then worked in the advertising industry and eventually specialised in fashion illustration. I was introduced to pastel and my love of drawing meant they were a natural choice for my artwork.

Pastels gave me immediate feedback and were a direct connection between the pastel pigment and paper, and I could use them as both a drawing and painting medium. I was also attracted to the unlimited palette of rich colours of pastels, and I particularly enjoy capturing the lights and darks of my subject with pastels.

I work in a realistic style, focusing on landscapes, still life, florals and portraits. I have taught pastel classes at the Uxbridge Art Centre in Howick, and the Mairangi Arts Centre, and I am now teaching pastel classes at the Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna. I really enjoy teaching and seeing students develop and gain confidence, and discover the joy of using pastels.