About my work

Since I first picked up a pastel stick, I have felt passionate about creating artwork in the medium of soft pastel.  I enjoy the feel of the pure pigment being applied to the sanded paper, the various colors and shades mixing together on the page to create form, light, shadow and atmosphere. I am captivated by the process of combining these basic elements to represent the scene before me.

I find inspiration in the world around us – the way the light falls across the trees and hills, the intense color of new foliage against a deep shadow, or the colors of light dancing on the side of a shaded building.  I seek to call attention to the quality of light and color present in that moment, thereby evoking a sense of wonder regarding the abundance of natural beauty surrounding us every day.

Meditating on an image in the back of my mind, I usually think about the aspect of a scene that caught my attention, until the shapes and colors have become like old friends.  As the work begins, the composition is chosen to accentuate the component to which I wish to call attention. My impressionistic approach includes the use of design, abstract underpainting, value contrast, and color choice to come together in the piece to convey my passion for pastel painting as well as for the timeless transcendence of natural beauty.

If you are interested in one of my pieces, please use the contact form and include the name of the piece.
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If a red dot appears at the top left of the larger image, the original piece has been sold; however, you can contact me to inquire about commissioning a similar piece.

Borrego Desert, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 13x16 Cabrillo Community Center, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 12x16 Back-lit Cove, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x12 Primarily Rocks, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 12x16 Apple Lemon Pom Tex Mex, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 6.5x8 Apple Lemon Pom, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 6.5x8 Wilted Flowers and Pear, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x10.5 Contemporary Still Life, Margaret Lindsey, pastel 8x8 The Pink Umbrella, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Springtime at the Marsh, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14, Ann Turner Memorial Award at the Palos Verdes Art Center August 2016 In the Fields, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 12x12, sold Bless the food and the hands that picked it, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 12x12 Pt Vicente, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14, Sold Royal Palms Beach, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 13x16, Sold California Coast, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x12 Eucalyptus Grove, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Shady Lakes, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Madrona Marsh Potting Shed, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Marshland, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 6x12 Ojai Hills Sunset, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 12x16 Malibu Lagoon Afternoon, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14, Not for Sale Blue Skies, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 17x23 Fairmount Park, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 6x12 Fairmount Boathouse, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x12 Eucalyptus at St Francis, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 San Miguel Granary, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 12x16 Ojai Tree Sunset, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Abalone Cove Close Up, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 12x18, sold Abalone Bay, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x12, Collection of Richard and Kathy Capellino Carmel Rocks, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Califia Beach, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Chapel by the Sea, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x12 Path to the Sea RPV, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x12 Pt Vicente, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 8x11, Sold Path to Sea near Ojai, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 6x12 Ojai Path, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x12 Along the Road, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, sold End of the Day, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 13x24 Americana, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11 x 14, Collection of William Fletcher 215 and Van Buren, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, Collection of Charles V. and Virginia Smith The Shed, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 12x16 Old California Road, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 9x12, Sold The Field, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Central Coast, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 11x14 Going Home, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 13x19, Collection of the Artist PV Coast, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 10x25 Sunset at the Cove, Margaret Lindsey, pastel, 25.5x18.5, Not for Sale