Materials: The types of pastel materials that I enjoy using most are "dry" pastels that have a variety of textures from gritty to silky smooth. Using a range of color materials and substrates allows me to create visual texture and layered depth of color. This process inspires me to create a dimensional approach to what is called "pastel painting."
Inspiration: Layered color communicates emotion and physical sensations. Pastel pigments are a very tactile way to accomplish this aspect of my work that is so important. I enjoy that physical interaction and sensation in doing the work, and I've noticed viewers responding and commenting such to me, as well. The subjects might be landscape in an abstract form, simply abstract in subject, or other topics. As the artist, for me it's less about the subject than the medium.
Method: In the way I work, some of these techniques are related. Pastel has a definite relationship to monotype when those pieces are layered and include pastels--and in the same way is related to mixed media. Of course drawing is in the mix also, often in an abstract way! And the inclusion of the word "painting" in this medium just refers to the effect of the work being "painterly," whether it is realistic or not. In my process I often include a bit of other materials to create the effects I am inspired to achieve.