UArt 2015 Online Pastel Competition

Abundance, 12 x 18, soft pastel on UArt sanded paper

Abundance, 12 x 18, soft pastel on UArt sanded paper

I got a call from Alain Boppart from UArt while I was traveling in Oregon.  He asked if I was sitting down. So I did. That still didn’t prepare me for the news that my painting “Abundance” had won first place in UArt’s 2015 Online Pastel Competition!

I am so pleased to be in this show with many artists whose work I have admired for years! And I am so SO honored to receive this recognition. Thank you UArt and juror Liz Haywood Sullivan!

I am also excited that in addition to a cash award, the prize includes some fabulous perks, like UArt paper in my favorite grade (400), a new Richeson easel (much needed), Terry Ludwig pastels, the new Richard McKinley book, etc.  Can’t wait to get back into the studio and do some more painting!

You can see all the winning paintings here online.

Paint on!


  1. Edie G · August 21, 2015

    Congrats Diane! It is a beautiful picture! And the competition was very strong!


  2. Diane Sawyer · August 21, 2015

    There were 100 paintings accepted into the show.


  3. Jeanne · August 23, 2015

    Congratulations Diane! What a beautiful painting. Your layers of color are spectacular. I love your work.


    • Diane Sawyer · August 24, 2015

      Thanks so much Jeanne! I miss you! Hope to see you before long.


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