Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators


Christine Swann

Christine is obsessed with people and their stories. In another life she was a graphic designer, but has spent the past 25 years working on portraits in the pastel medium. Although she started out by painting her own children by bribing them with candy, she now works with models. Her “personality portraits" have been recognized in many international exhibitions including selection for the Best of Show “Prix de Pastel” at the IAPS Master Circle Exhibition in 2015 and the Gold Medal in 2013. Her work has received the Flora B. Guiffuni Founders Award at the Pastel Society of America. She was a finalist this year in the ARC International Salon and 5th place in the 2015 Portrait Society of America Members Competition.

       Southwest Art Magazine picked Christine as an “Artist To Watch” in June of 2015, and for the last 5 years the Pastel Journal Magazine has included her portrait work in the Pastel 100. In 2014, she received Second Place in the Portrait Category.  The International Artist Magazine featured Christine as a Master Portrait Painter, and she won an Honorable Mention in their international “People and Figures” competition.  She is also published in the books, “How Did They Do That? -100 Ways To Paint People and Figures”, “Strokes of Genius 6” and “Strokes of Genius 8”, as well as the French publication, “40 Masters of Pastel”.

       Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle Member of IAPS. She is currently the President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, Past President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. She is currently teaching the workshop, “The Power of Pastel” to pastel groups around the country.  Her portraits will be featured in the Pastel Journal this fall. 


Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143


  • Children
  • Portrait


  • Children
  • Pastels
  • Pittsburgh