Natasha Pugiotto
Pastel on ochre sandpaper finished pastel paper

Size: W. 14" X H. 17"
Date: March 12, 2014

Natasha is the wife of my Venetian friend Piero. Natasha is absolutely lovely and if I were to pick a girl for Piero, I would hope that she’d be just like this Moldvan / Italian beauty. She is a strong woman but soft and kind. I have adopted her as my own. I am handicapped by working from a photograph I snapped while she stood by the kitchen cabinets in front of their second story window. They live on Isola Giudecca. I think I caught the light and the portrait catches the moment and the atmosphere. This is my fifth (or so) pastel portrait and I must say that the medium seems to suit me.