I  developed this series of skill builders, short videos that are usually 3 to 5 minutes long, as a way of supplementing my live workshops for students. I believe that they contain a lot of information that pastelists are curious about and even hungry for, so I’ve made them available to help fill the gaps.

I teach you the basics and help you to see through the eyes of an artist while giving plenty of encouragement along with actionable advice including choosing your pastels, what type of paper to use and using a photo reference for inspiration. It’s just a matter of looking at things a little differently.

These skill builders are a great mix of the fundamental’s of painting, play and inspiration; perfect for the artist just venturing into painting or more experienced painters looking for a kick start to a new level. Color theory, composition and perspective lessons help you paint with more confidence and better see value and color.

Skill Builders


These are meant to be a supplement to my lessons and workshops. They are not full painting lessons. They answer some of the most common questions that my students have had over the years and some of the videos address what I see as the biggest hurdles students encounter. They are best used in conjunction with the full lessons, but I believe that you will find them to be a valuable resource on their own.

Please let me know if you have any questions not addressed here. I’m always looking for ways to be of service to you!