Sandra Burshell












My art is all about light illuminating the more mundane objects of human life and its

surroundings – the same interior can have a magical aura of light that bathes it in warmth one moment and looks dull the next. Just as everyone views life from their own vantage point, everyone viewing my pastels sees a different picture and, thus, has a different interpretation.
The interior seems so conceptually simple and yet it is dependent on humans building it and it maintains its form whether humans are in the room or not, but the light continuously changes. My pastels catch that one moment in time and memorializes that light and space.


“An artist may begin his career more interested in the subject matter than in how he presents it. But as he grows in awareness the subject becomes less important to him than the beauty of color, light, atmosphere, and composition. With these elements he composes the more mysterious phases of painting….The art form has ennobled the subject matter” (Henry Hensche, The Art of Seeing and Painting, 73).


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA, “Art for Art’s Sake” “Luminous Spaces”, 2018
Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2001
Terrebonne Museum, Houma, LA 
Gallery Shva, Beersheba, Israel

Selected Group Exhibitions

Pastel Society of America, Annual National Exhibition, New York, NY, 2017, 2016
International Association of Pastel Societies, Masters Showcase, Albuquerque, NM, 2017, 2015
Tennessee Valley Art Museum, Three Pastel Artist Invitational, Tuscumbia, LA, 2017  
Northwest Florida State College, N. Florida Pastel Society, 14th Biennial Juried Show, 2016
Slater Museum, Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition, Connecticut Pastel Society, Norwich, CT, 2016  
Pastels by Invitation, Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA, 2011-2015
Third Master Circle Exhibition, International Association of Pastel Societies, 2015
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Degas Pastel Exhibition, Laurel, MS, 2013
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Self-Portrait Show, New Orleans, LA, 2012 
Contemporary Arts Center: NOLA NOW II: The Human Figure, New Orleans, LA, 2012
Scottsdale Exhibition Gallery, Pastel Power Invitational, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Self-Portrait Show, New Orleans, LA, 2012 
Madden Museum, Windows to the Divine, Denver, CO, 2011 
Abend Gallery, Pastel Invitational, Denver, CO, 2011
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 2002, 2011
Feytiat International Pastel Festival, Limoges, France, 2008
Salon International de Pastel en Ile de France, Chaville, France, 2008 
New Orleans Museum of Art, Katrina Exposed, New Orleans, LA, 2006 

Honors and Awards

President’s Award, Pastel Society of America 45th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY, 2017
Award of Exceptional Merit (Top Award), Degas Pastel Society 20th Membership Show, 2017
Honorable Mention, Pastel Society of North Carolina “Pure Color”, 2017
Second Place 2016 National Juried Show, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL, 2016
Pastel Society of America Award of Merit, Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans, LA, 2014
Honorable Mention, Lauren Roger s Museum of Art DPS Exhibition, Laurel, MS, 2013
Second Place, “Pastel 100”, Pastel Journal, Interior/Landscape Category, April 2012 
“Over 60” Competition, Artist’s Magazine (1 of 10 of 3,000 entries), March 2012
Prix de Pastel (First) Int’l. Ass. of Pastel Societies, 18th Juried Show, Albuquerque, NM
“Master Circle” Status, Int’l. Assoc. of Pastel Societies, 2011
Degas Pastel Society, Award of Excellence, Members Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, 2011
“Master Pastellist Status”, Pastel Society of America, 2010
Louisiana Artworks Residency Award, New Orleans, LA, 2008 
Award of Exceptional Merit, Appalachian Pastel Society, 2008 
Open Studios Southern States Competition Winner
Pastel Society of America Awards: National Arts Club Award; Strathmore Paper Award; Purchase Prize; Sally Strand Scholarship; Pastel Society of Cape Cod Award 


Selected Public Collections

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA 
Ochsner Foundation, New Orleans, LA 
Memorial Medical Center, New Orleans, LA 
World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA Hadassah National Headquarters, New York, NY


Pastel Journal Magazine, “The Romantic Space”, May/June 2010 
Louisiana Cultural Vistas, “Eye of the Storm”, September 2008 [Download essay (PDF 1.8 Mb)] 
Pastel Artist International, “Ambience You Can Cut with a Knife”, 2001 
Artist’s Magazine, “Creating Movement With Light”, 1999 
Pastel Highlights Collector Premier Edition, “Creating Movement With Light”, 1996 
American Artist Magazine, “Picturing What People Leave Behind”, 1996 
Artist and Illustrator Magazine, “Placing the Subject”, 1996
Drawing Essential: A Complete Guide to Drawing, Oxford University Press, 2016
Dare to Dream by Urania Christy Tarbet, 201
Unique Slant of Light, Bicentennial History of Art in LA, 2012
Losing and Finding, 2004 
“Interiors Collection”, Great American Artworks Pastels, (Burshell Pastel Collection), 2002 
Pastel Artist International Magazine, 2001
Book and Magazine Covers

Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA 1989-present