Anita Bogard

Pastel artist

I started painting landscapes with acrylics in 2003 but was drawn to pastels about 4 years ago.  One of my first pastels was a forlorn looking little puppy we found in our garage and after that the animal lover in me overtook my art. 


I love landscapes and still paint them but I have to say animal portraits are my favorite.  I like to paint my subject's eyes first.  After the eyes are in place I begin to  feel like I'm interacting with them as I fill in the rest of their features.  Watching your pet come to life on my easel evokes an emotional experience with each painting I create.  I have to say that I'm having the time of my life doing something I never thought I could do. 

I am a member of the Arkansas Pastel Society, the Traditional Art Guild  (TAG) in Hot Springs , Arkansas, and The Ouachita Artists Gallery in Mt. Ida, Arkansas .  My work is available at Whittington Gallery and Studios in Hot Springs, The Ouachita Artists Gallery,  Black Dog near Mt. Ida and  various places where  TAG is displaying.

I will forever be grateful to Thad Flenniken for his instruction and encouragement at National Park Community College.

I have enjoyed workshops under Clarke Mitchell, Doug Dawson, Larry Cloyes, and Jim Oberst.   I find that even if their medium, subject matter, or methods vary greatly from my own I can always glean something of value from their instruction.

​Recently I was delighted to take a workshop by Lisa Ober doing pet portraits and  love  using her techniques to  my artwork.

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pastel artist

Anita Bogard