Written Critique Services

The Pastel Society of America has expanded its critique services to better serve the needs of member artists. Rather than one artist doing all evaluations, we now have four PSA-Master Pastelists with expertise in different genres, one of which may be particularly relevant to the artist. For a small fee ($65 non-members and $50 members), artists will receive a 350 word or more evaluation of their paintings, focusing on drawing, color, value, technique, and composition, all aimed at expanding artistic options and producing paintings of high competitive quality.

Artists interested in this service may send three in-focus jpg images to the PSA office. Each image should be photographed or scanned in-focus without frames or matting, 1200 pixels or more on the longest side file. Include, if you can, no more than three additional images of source materials, such as a photo references or drawings that relate to the submitted artwork. For the application form with detailed instructions please click here.

For additional information please contact the PSA office.


Elaine Augustine, PSA Master, is nationally known for her vitality of color, strength of composition, and versatility of subject matter. She paints award winning colorful landscape, vibrant still lifes, and energized abstract paintings. www.elaineaugustine.com

Robert Carsten, PSA Master, is an award winning workshop instructor, exhibition juror, and contributing author to Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine. Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Robert is a master of a broad range of creative techniques and subjects. www.robertcarsten.com

Nancie King Mertz, PSA Master, received a BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Her plein air pastels earned her a 2015 cover of Pastel Journal and a growing national reputation for urban scenes, interiors with figures, and scenic landscapes. www.nanciekingmertz.com