I am a Panamanian artist in love with pastels... For me, nothing is better than the sensation of painting directly with pure color pigment. The vibrant colors, the way in which pastels reflect light and the possibility to create any texture in pastels is what keeps me faithful to this cause. For eleven years of my life i have been exclusively a pastel artist and i am fundamentally self-taught. I think the possibility to create through art is a gift from God that is not only for the artist, and that is why one must also put it to the service of others. In my artwork there is only one rule: it must have purpose. And for me, this purpose is for my paintings to speak of joy, the beauty of being, redemption, struggles overcome, and above all, of love, which conquers anything and gives full meaning to our existence.

Annette Bárcenas Olivardía
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