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Henriette van Staden is a soft pastel artist specialising in realistic wildlife and pet portraits. An artist at heart, she swapped a successful career in wedding photography for one in soft pastels and coloured pencils. Henriette is open, friendly and honest about her journey as an artist, and what I learnt from her is to treat a career in art like one would any other - have a plan, and work steadily towards it.

Do what you need to do to get the results that you want.

 Henriette talks to us about:
  • How she got started as a soft pastel artist

  • Why she changed from photography to soft pastels

  • How she taught herself the secrets of pastels

  • Her advice for anyone wanting to paint realism

  • How she chooses her colours for her realistic paintings

  • Her process from choosing the image to finished product

  • Why she uses the grid method in her paintings

  • The importance of layering in her process

  • How she started getting her original art and prints displayed in galleries and shops

  • How she started getting commissions from people to draw their pets

  • The value of enjoying the learning curve involved in becoming an artist - from the learning of your art to the business side.

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