“Determined” Awarded the Maggie Price Award of Excellence
IAPS International Exhibition 2014

Southwest Art Magazine selected Christine Swann as an “Artist To Watch”. Although she originally started out by painting her children by bribing them with candy, she now works with live models. Known for her “personality portraits” she started as an illustrator and is an award-winning artist on the international level, including winning the IAPS Best of Show “Prix de Pastel” Masters Circle Exhibition award in 2015 and 2020. She won the PSA Award in honor of Flora B Guffuni at the Pastel Society of America’s International Exhibition in New York where she has been part of this prestigious exhibition eight times. Her work has  traveled intermationally including the 2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition, where 20 Master pastel artists from around the world were chosen to exhibit alongside 20 Chinese Pastel Artists. She also won Second Place at the Pasit Pastellists Italiani Association International Exhibition of Pastels in Tivoli, Italy near Rome and also showed her work at an Invitational Exhibition in France. 

Christine has won “Outstanding Pastel” in the BoldBrush Competition for four years in a row.  Her work has received 5th place Portrait Society of America Member’s Competition in 2015 and a finalist in 2019. She is also a part of the Art Renewal Center International Salon for the past three years.  She has been awarded Honorable Mention eight times for the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition, including Second Place for a portrait in 2014.

The French Magazine, “Pratique des Arts” has showcased her portraits in three recent feature articles, and included her work in the French book, “40 Pastel Masters” under the chapter on “Masters of Composition.” The Pastel Journal featured her work in the 2016 October issue with an 8-page article, “Powering Up” and recent articles include, “Do You Suffer from PPS?” and three articles in the “Five-MInute Coach” column. She can be found in the books, “How Did They Do That? – 100 Ways To Paint People and Figures”, and recent editions of “Strokes of Genius ”.

Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the IAPS Masters’ Circle, a designation she received in only 6 years. Past President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and a Past President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, she is also a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and Portrait Society of America. She currently teaches the “Power of Pastel” Workshop to groups around the country.

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