Jack Pardue, PSA
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Jack Pardue     Jack's never ending pursuit of luminous color is clearly demonstrated in his pastel paintings. His paintings radiate with light and color. The focus of his work in recent years has been plein air painting and he is passionate about landscapes. He finds it very challenging and rewarding to work quickly under changing light conditions. Jack believes in using high-key colors, saying, "They allow me the freedom to express myself without constraint." His first concern is always drawing, composition, and design, but it is with color that he has a chance to express himself to the fullest, and therefore, he is known as a colorist.

     Jack is a popular workshop instructor and spreads his enthusiasm to others by teaching plein air workshops both nationally and internationally, most recently in Australia and Canada. He has written feature articles for both American Artist and The Pastel Journal. Jack was also praised by the Maryland Pastel Society in an article "Jack Gives Back: One Day Free Class March 8, 2008".

     The quality of Jack's work has been recognized by many throughout his career. He has been the recipient of many awards and his paintings are in both private and corporate collections. One of his works is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Portrait commissions include a portrait of Helen Hayes that hangs in The Actors' Fund of America, a portrait of General Bennie Davis, for the Strategic Air Command, and many others. Jack's portrait of Sitting Bull hung in the White House at the request of George H. W. Bush. Vice President Bush also purchased his U.S. News & World Report cover painting of Ronald Reagan's first inauguration and gave it to President Reagan as a 70th birthday gift.

Wind Sculpted DunesJack is a graduate of The Ringling School of Art and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as, past president of the Maryland Pastel Society. He is also a member of The Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the oldest active art organizations in the greater Washington metropolitan area. He has an extensive background in painting including plein air landscape, figurative, and portrait. Jack's studios are located in Alexandria, VA and the Outer Banks, NC. He is also a very popular instructor who teaches intensive, on-location workshops.

Jack was featured in an article on pastelists in the February 2010 issue of American Artist Magazine.

For more information about Jack, see his responses to frequently asked questions.

Exhibitions and Awards
Jack's work was accepted into the following exhibitions:
  • Connecticut Pastel Society's 10th Annual National Exhibition (Received second prize of $1,000)
  • The Pastel Society of America - 31st Annual Open Exhibition
  • The Lone Star Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition
  • The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod's Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition
  • The Pastel Painters of Maine's Fourth Annual Juried Show
  • La Fond Galleries' Ninth Annual National Juried Pastel Exhibit
  • The Portrait Society of American Conference in Washington, DC (Received Certificate of recognition for pastel portrait)
  • Received the Best of Show award for the Maryland Pastel Society Members Show for his pastel "Before the Pose" in 2005.
He has appeared in group shows of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters including