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About the artist

The sheer wonder of creation is what compels me to make art. Seeing eyes and a face come alive with each added pencil stroke, is magical every time. Whether it is an animal or a human subject on my drawing board, I have a conversation with them about their state of mind. Some look pensive and sometimes bring me to tears, others have a twinkle in their eye that makes me smile. The colour intensity and flexibility of pastel pencils and soft pastels enables me to translate these emotions into a realistic and lasting memory of that special someone.

Pascale Vanbutsele

Photo of the pastel artist Pascale Vanbutsele
Photo of the art workspace of Pascale Vanbutsele

About my art

I make realistic handmade paintings of dogs, people and other animals using pastel pencils and dry pastel sticks.

Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick or pencil, consisting of powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are similar to those used to produce some other coloured visual arts media, such as oil paints. Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance.

An artwork made using pastels is called a pastel drawing if there is no background or a pastel painting when the paper is fully covered with a background. 

First layer in pastel pencils of the portrait of a little girl

My quality guarantee


Clients preview and approve all commissioned portraits online before payment is accepted.

On time

I stick to my deadlines and keep my promises.


I take the time to make sure your artwork is perfect before announcing it is finished.

Value for money

I use high quality materials that are durable, acid free and lightfast to ensure longevity of the artwork.


When you buy something from an artist, you buy more than a work of art.
You buy many hours of experimenting, starting over and over again, months of searching and a moment of happiness.
So you don't just buy something, you buy a piece of heart and soul ...
A little bit of someone's life!

Pastel painting of a butterfly resting on a flower by Pascale Vanbutsele

Let's create your dream artwork.
Contact me to discuss your custom pet or people portrait.

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