My pastel worked started around 1991 when I left the advertising business to follow my love of fine art. I enrolled in a couple of portrait classes and rode my bicycle, with all my pastels and supplies stuffed into the paniers, to class a couple of times a week. Working larger, because the sticks of pastel were larger than a pencil point, was such a joy! To me, working in pastel is just an extension of drawing. It is a matter of working with the media and learning how to use it to get the look you want. As you see below there is a variety of styles and techniques. I was tighter and more controlled in the beginning and have loosened up in the more recent years.