When I was younger, I made a trip to Egypt and I discovered the Saharan desert and its very particular light and colours, the pale and bright tints, the fabulous contrasts. It was really fascinating. Desert means originally an abandoned place. It is a place of extremes, a metaphor for anything from death, war or religion to the primitive past or the desolate future. I use pigments and dry pastels on canvas and finish with satin varnish.

- Kerstin Paillard


Pastel artwork on stretched linen
Finished white edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on back

25.6" h x 19.7" w x .8" d
4 lbs. 6 oz.



Kerstin Paillard
Juan les Pins, France

Getting to Know Kerstin

French artist Kerstin Paillard creates abstract compositions on canvas using dry pastels, comparable to highly pigmented chalks, a medium typically used on paper. “I put coat after coat of colored chalk on the canvas, moistening them and piling up one surface on another until these works take on something of the quality of miniature frescoes,” she says. Kerstin’s work is informed by an array of artists including Degas, who used pastels in a similar painterly manner. The pastel artworks in Kerstin’s body of work are akin to soft, ethereal color field paintings with a rich depth of blended color that is typically associated with oil paint. The artist works from a bright and sunny seaside studio in the South of France.