Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Based in Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA, is a representational artist working in pastel. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1978 with a degree in Environmental Design, she worked as an industrial designer, exhibit designer, and professional illustrator prior to spending 11 years operating Haywood & Sullivan, Inc., a full-service graphic design business with her husband. In 1996 she decided to leave graphic design to pursue what she describes as a ‘love affair’ with pastels through a full-time art career.

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When asked to describe her relationship with pastel Liz said, “Once I started using pastels I was seduced by the light, by the texture of the medium, by the immediacy, by the earthy feel of a pastel in my hand. When I paint with pastel, the pastel itself feels as if it is an extension of my fingers.” After seventeen years of dedication to one medium, her paintings have come to be defined by strong contrast values, graphic compositions and stunning atmospheric effects. To achieve this result, she works on black paper or with underpainting and layers from darker to lighter color values. This technique gives her work wonderful translucency with amazing depth.

Today, she works exclusively as a professional pastel artist, art educator, and community arts advocate. Haywood-Sullivan is the President of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) and is the IAPS representative to the American Society of Testing and Materials. She teaches workshops on pastel painting both nationally and internationally and is a sought after competition judge. She is a member of the Academic Artists Association, and holds Signature Memberships in the Pastel Society of America (PSA), the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Connecticut Pastel Society. In 2009 she was elected a member of the venerable Salmagundi Club, and in their 127th Annual Members’ Exhibition in 2010, she was given the highest prize awarded to pastels – the Art Spirit Foundation Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal for Excellence in Pastel. Twice she has been the recipient of the Honor Award in Pastel at the Academic Artists Association Annual Show, and has twice been chosen to represent the PSA at the Butler Museum of American Art. Her award-winning paintings have been seen in numerous local and national shows, and are included in private as well as corporate collections worldwide. Her work has also been featured in several notable publications including The Pastel Journal, American Art Collector Magazine and American Artist Magazine.

Vose Galleries is proud to have had solo shows of Liz Haywood-Sullivan's work in 2007 and 2011. She continues to be inspired by her work, and has just published the book Painting Brilliant Skies & Water in Pastel: Secrets to Bringing Light and Life to Your Landscapes where she describes her artistic technique step-by-step.


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