Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Desiree Scherini

Desiree Scherini

Hometown Annapolis

When I paint I hope to capture a “moment”, the spirit of the subject. I want to share what is unique about the subject, whether it is a person, place or thing. Many of my works are plein air landscapes. I enjoy the experience of being fully engaged in the landscape, feeling and smelling the air around me and hearing the sounds of nature. This is what I hope I am able to convey, along with the image that I produce. When I paint a portrait I like to get to know my client, see their expressions and share what I have learned about them through my painting.

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Lauren and Hannah

Although I work in several different media (oil, watercolor and more) I most enjoy working in soft pastel. It offers an immediate and direct connection with my painting. My major focus of study has been the use of color in the Impressionist method through many of my teachers who have studied under Henry Hensche, but I really came to appreciate pastel painting through my friend and teacher, Stan Sperlak, with whom I’ve taken several workshops in the past. Discovering the richly colored Terry Ludwig pastels and Wallis sanded paper through him several years ago was a life changing experience!

Pastel painting gives me a wonderful way to combine what I've learned over the years with what I want to express. The best confirmation of my love of pastels is when people tell me “I love your artwork…especially your pastels!”

I have a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology from the University of California, and I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. My artistic studies began in college and have continued through classes and workshops with artists whose work and knowledge I admire.

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College Creek

I spend the majority of my time working as an independent artist, but I also enjoy sharing my love of art through teaching others, as well. I have taught art since 2002, and I’m currently an adjunct faculty art instructor at Anne Arundel Community College and an art instructor at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, in Maryland. I teach privately as well.

I participate in several area art groups. I am a board member of both the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters (I’m also a juried artist member of the MSPP). I’m a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society as well as an active member of the Annapolis Watercolor Club, the Annapolis Arts Alliance and the Maryland Federation of Art. I’m also one of the "Six Artists," a diverse group that displays their art together. My art has been displayed in several juried and non-juried shows and recognized with various awards of merit.

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October Road

My artwork has been featured on the cover of the Baltimore Symphony’s Decorators’ Show House 2006 book, as well as posters and other promotional material for the event. My painting “Abstract Annapolis” was chosen for promotional material for ARTWORKS 2006 (a city wide arts celebration). My artwork was also chosen by Mayor Ellen Moyer for the City of Annapolis’ 2007 Holiday card. I was the chosen artist for the celebrated Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade Poster 2009. My artwork for the parade poster appeared on posters, cards and The Capital Gazette’s Entertainment magazine cover December 2009. My painting “Sailing the Chesapeake” was chosen to represent the Hospice Cup 2011, a Charity Regatta to raise funds for hospices in Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia. The image is used on limited edition posters, t-shirts and promotional materials throughout the year. My original art was donated for auction for the hospice cause. You can view my work and current events at: and