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Episode 50-Robin Frisella, master pastelist.


The paintings Robin creates have a photo-realistic quality. But they are hardly images captured in a flash. She painstakingly arranges the objects she has chosen to paint – often pieces of nostalgia that are striking in their antiquity and grace. She blends pure pigment on sanded paper to artfully achieve the tones, lights and shadows of these objects she has so deliberately assembled. The results are still lifes in sheer splendor, memories and moods come to life through layer upon layer of pastel patiently stroked in natural light. In 2000, after taking a local pastel class, Robin found her calling. Art would be more than a pastime. It would be her life’s work. She left her job of 18 years and began teaching art herself. The first piece she entered in a juried competition won Best of Show. As her successes and followers grew, she decided to start her own gallery. Frisella Fine Art Studio opened in Candia, NH in 2006.

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