Patrick Kochanasz - Soft Pastel
Updated: Nov 4, 2018
I grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, where I studied at the Baum School of Art for several years. During that time, I became captivated by the great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters of the 19th also inspired me to adopt a unique, surreal, and even dream-like perspective of the world.
Eventually I came to enjoy and love the simplicity of working with soft pastels on black paper, which is first laid over a rough piece of stone tile. I have been surprised and delighted by the texture and luminosity of pastels.
I love color, and I love how colors blend together to stimulate our imaginations. I love creating a sense of tone and space utilizing color- whether it is a still summer night, a brooding storm on the horizon, a warm house amidst a wintery blizzard, a strong gust of wind, a crisp Autumn evening, or a dreary day of pouring rain. But more than just our imaginations, I believe color and tone combine to kindle our emotions
This awesome phenomenon has driven me to refine a very stylized, vibrant, even whimsical, storybook-like artistic technique over the past several years. My hope is that, even in some small measure, it draws you in too.