Kathleen McDonnell has been honored with the prestigious Ruth Richeson Pastel Gold Award. The work is highlighted in an article about Kathy in the special issue: the 17th Annual Pastel 100 Competition Winners (Pastel Journal). She is a signature member of the PSA (Pastel Society of America), The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod & Pastel Society of the West Coast. Her award-winning painting, Silence No. 2, is below:

From the Journal:

“I can almost hear the quiet,” says Terri Ford, Landscape & Interior category juror, of Kathleen McDonnell’s painting, Silence No. 2. McDonnell could “hear the quiet” too, when she came upon the scene that inspired her Ruth Richeson Pastel Gold Award-winning pastel. She was walking up a hill behind her home in Glenwood. N.Y., on a foggy winter morning. “Up on top you could hardly see the trees,” she says. “The mood was extremely intense. It was like the sky was coming down and touching me. I wanted to get that same type of feeling in my painting.”

View the entire article here.

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