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Dawn Emerson is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America signature member, and has been since 1997. She is the author of “Pastel Innovations”, which was published in 4 languages in 2017. She has produced several pastel instruction videos - including “Breaking New Ground” (2020) available w/vimeo. She was also a juror in 2021 for The Pastel Journal’s Wildlife Category. She received the Oregon Governor’s Award in 2018, and was invited to Moscow, Russia in 2019 to teach and produce instructional videos. She has been represented in the following galleries: Mockingbird Gallery/Petersen Contmporary Art, Bend, OR USA since 1997.


She hopes to inspire people to enjoy the freedom the pastel medium offers. She loves to experiment as she paints and hopes to encourage others to enjoy the discoveries along the way, rather than the destination.

Where to find Dawn...

  • Instagram
  • Vimeo
Zoom Demonstration

The Spirit of Experimentation

Experience level: All Students

Dawn will demonstrate several new approaches using PanPastel and stick pastel that she's developed since writing her book, “Pastel Innovations.” She will discuss how her experiences with printmaking and sculpture have informed the additive and subtractive layering techniques she will be using. Dawn will inspire you with her dance like movement as she paints, entertain you with her joyful attitude, and encourage you with her energetic pursuit of “less is more.”

*information subject to change*

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