Donna Heslip Fine Art


Photo by D.Mitchell

Traditional Ways
20x16 Soft Pastel


This painting is yet another opportunity for us to value the unique talents of Native American cultures.  The Mata Ortiz pot was the foundation for this painting.  All the other pieces readily came together to create the pleasing rhythm of circle and line with light and texture instantly uniting the scene.    


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April 10, 2014



"Cut down and out - do your hardest work outside the picture and let your audience take away something to think about."  Frederic Remington, 1903


Artist's Statement

The inspiration for my current Native American still life series began as I toured New Mexico’s Acoma Sky City and Taos Pueblos.  After learning of their relentless dedication to maintaining their ancient cultures, I gained greater understanding when visiting the museums of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Phoenix, Arizona.  You are invited to join me in an appreciation of the many cultures remaining vibrant today throughout the Pueblos of New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico.


About Soft Pastel

Originating in 16th century Italy, soft pastel is a drawing material consisting of a stick of color made of ground pigment mixed with just enough gum or resin to bind it together.  Pastels produce bright, pure colors which, unlike paints, do not change color as they dry out.  Distinguished artists who worked in pastel include Degas, Cassatt, Renoir, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Whistler.  Their works are as fresh today as the day they were completed.