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Pastel on Kitty Wallis sanded pastel paper, from “The White Album” series. The tooth of this sanded paper takes many layers of pastel. I prime the surface with rust colored nupastel rubbed in with turpenoid before working.

Inspired by the Beatles cover of Carole King’s tune of the same name.

“Chains, my baby’s got me locked up in chains and they ain’t the kind that you can see, oh oh these chains of love got a hold on me, yeah!”

In April 2007, “Chains” won round 2 of the International Saatchi Showdown Online Competition and was shown at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

I received this email January 6th, 2009 from the Saatchi Gallery:

Dear Alice

I am delighted to inform you that your work is currently being exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery – please find attached a photograph of your work on display. Below is the label that we are using for the work.





Pastel on paper

55×38 cm

This work also has received awards in Chicago Pastel Society’s National Juried Show 2006; Pastels USA, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Auburn, California
2005; Best Drawing, Plaza Art Competition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago 2005.


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I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve into the realm of symbolism and magic realism.
All of my drawings are meant to be noble representations of individual subjects, and also bring together a wealth of influences, recognition of art history and myth and a contemporary attitude to create images that are of the moment, but hopefully will also remain relevant in the future.

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  • Trace Lowe
    Trace Loweover 6 years ago

    Great art! Well done

  • Holly Werner
    Holly Wernerover 6 years ago

    Love your stuff. Excellent.

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    Great composition…

  • Michael Oubridge
    Michael Oubridgeover 6 years ago

    This is amazing a real talent :)

  • gemynd
    gemyndover 6 years ago

    Tour work is simply stunning…..just beautiful great perspective in this

  • BRCallis
    BRCallisover 6 years ago

    I am in aww of your work! Amazing job on all of you art!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago

    gifted work

  • Lee Wilde
    Lee Wildeover 6 years ago

    Masterful work, Alice. I actually came to check it wasn’t a photo. This level of work lifts the bar for everyone. Brilliant.

    Lee Wilde
    Moderator, I on 1: The Fine Art of Portraiture

  • JP100
    JP100over 6 years ago

    nice work great feeling and the colour! what more can i say.

  • pauldrobertson
    pauldrobertsonover 6 years ago

    oops… forgive my last comments on your other portrait obviously you KNOW ALREADY!
    congratulations on your wins you deserve them.i saved this piece about a year ago to my pc. blew me away then too.

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