David Shkolny is an Edmonton-based artist specializing in soft pastel. Born in Pinawa, Manitoba, in 1969, David has spent most of his life in Alberta. David's art is collected internationally and is also represented in The Canada Council. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1992.

The first time I touched a pastel to paper was in my freshman year of college. Something just resonated - the combination of using such a direct way of applying colour on a toothy paper, the scumbly appearance of the stroke, the colour of the paper peaking through, even the subtle sound - a synasthetic experience for me. I couldn’t get enough of it.

As often happens that unfettered joy of artmaking slipped into the ether after I graduated and I didn’t return to soft pastels until I went back to college some years later to study design. A happy reunion in a drawing class with the medium reminded me of the charge it gave me. A few years later and I fully launched back into it and haven’t looked back.

I was eager to try new products, and Unison soft pastels were on my radar. I bought a 72 landscape set and was set!

I have always looked to landscape as my main subject of expression. Chalk it up to living in Canada - wide open spaces and lush wilderness! A penchant to experiment with colour and texture keeps me engaged and inquisitive - what would happen if I tried this…All in all pastel is my favourite carrot!

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