Maryland Pastel Society

2022 SHADES of PASTEL Award Winners

Best Portrait, Polly Mitchell Memorial Award

Sisters by
Gayle Mangan Kassel

Comments by Judge Nancie King Mertz:

I love a different approach to portraiture! The circular pose of the sleeping sisters with the stuffed do looking at the viewer gives new meaning to “Best Portrait”. There is nothing stiff or isolating in this painting, but engaging, rather often hard to achieve with portrait painting.