The Pastel Journal

Landscape & Interior

FIRST PLACE

Kathy Falla Howard

Born in Canada but whisked away to Arizona at an early age by her family, Kathy Falla Howard (kathyfallahoward.com ) finds great beauty in the American Southwest. “I’m driven by the stark, resilient beauty of the desert, full of thorns, sand and wind,” she says.

Recently, while traveling in southern Utah to gather reference material, Howard stayed in a resort that offered spectacular views. “The view from every window looked like a Maynard Dixon painting,” she says. Upon seeing her work, the gallery manager invited Howard to return as an artist-in-residence for two weeks, in which she started and completed Navajo Sandstone.

The painting is based on an image she made in the field on her iPad Pro. Then, using the app Procreate with an Apple Pencil, she painted over the photo with color. “I’ve been using

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