It is such a huge honour to receive the Unison Colour Young Artist Award for my three works at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016. The award, new for 2016, celebrates the use of soft pastel and is awarded to encourage young artists to work with this inspiring medium. I was interviewed by Unison Colour about how I created the works and my inspirations – read my interview here
o be given an award from the makers of pastels I have used in the paintings themselves is wonderful. I would not be able to create the depth of layering in my paintings without the exceptional quality of Unison pastels – they have a gorgeous soft and creamy consistency, and create beautifully rich colours on the paper that can even withstand my constant reworkingsThe award itself will allow me to travel further afield to explore new landscapes to paint and it's exciting to consider possible locations both in the UK and abroad.
Unison Colour is based in the Northumberland National Park, and was started in the early 1980s by artist John Hersey. Unison Colour Soft Pastels are still completely hand made and are mixed to John's meticulous recipes, based on traditional pigments such as cadmiums, cobalts and natural and synthetic earths. The difference in the manufacturing process - hand rolling rather than extrusion - gives Unison Colour Soft Pastels a unique texture that is unmatched and loved by artists.