Louisa Mattson - Pastels


I was first drawn to pastels because of their vibrant colors. Whenever I look at my box of pastels I just want to inhale all the beautiful colors! (In reality, not a good idea!) Pastel colors can be so vibrant because there is very little binder holding the pigment together. They are also the most direct painting medium to work with: I love how you get to hold the sticks of pigment right in your fingers. Finally I love that pastels are very forgiving: You can put on many layers and change any mark that doesn’t feel right.
My favorite scenes to paint are those I myself want to step into and experience again and again. I especially love capturing the play of light and showing the beauty of ordinary things. As a longtime summer resident of Greensboro, I look forward to painting many more scenes of this very special place.
Now semi-retired, I work part-time as a clinical psychologist and energy medicine practitioner in my private practice in Concord, MA.