Pastel by Ivanie Finsvik
Ivanie Finsvik, Wildlife Artist:
I work with pastels because I find their versatility gives me the variety in textures Iím after to create the smooth coat of a horse or the shagginess of a grizzly. I lived most of my life in Montana, the last dozen years on a ranch homesteaded by my grandparents twenty miles north of the small town of Big Timber. My studio faced the Crazy Mountains, and through its window I often watched elk jumping the barbed wire fence. Bears, mountain lions, wild turkeys, and an occasional passing badger or skunk modeled for me. Yellowstone Park was only an hour away. Iím grateful for the many thrilling moments Iíve experienced taking reference photos for my paintings.