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Daphne Boder



Fresh. Light. Creation. Warmth. Peaceful. Joyful. Contrast. Surprise.

These are words that describe what I want my paintings to convey. There are beautiful places and spaces that go unnoticed and overlooked.  Painting opens my eyes to see what might not be noticed as I walk along a path. But when a piece of landscape is captured on paper with soft pastels I elevate the overlooked and unnoticed to a memorable and special status.



     I have always liked to draw, as far back as I can remember. I took art classes in school and privately.  When I went to college, after two years of other studies, I changed my major to art.  After that third year in college I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  I worked in production art and during those years painted in watercolors. 

     My son was working in a gallery and sent me pictures of new work.  One painting caught my attention and he told me it was done with soft pastels. I was intrigued and purchased some pastels and paper and have never looked back.

     In the past five years I have studied under master pastelists Karen Margulis, Lyn Asselta, Marla  Baggetta, Alain Picard, Rita Kirkman, Jen Evenhus, Teresa Saia and Richard McKinley. I have also studied with pastelist Laura Pollack. I am an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of North Carolina, the Appalachian Pastel Society and Chatham County Artists' Guild.

     Inspiration comes from neighborhood walks, hikes, bike rides and kayaking. 




Hillsborough Gallery of Art/Resolutions Show

Cary Gallery of Fine Art/14th Annual Small Treasures Juried Exhibit

Appalachian Pastel Society/On Common Ground, Mountains to Sea Statewide Juried Exhibit,

     Michael Chesley Johnson, Juror



Cary Gallery of Fine Art/13th Annual Small Treasures Juried Exhibit​​​​​​​

Pastel Society of NC/On Common Ground, Mountains to Sea Statewide Juried Exhibit,

    Stephie Clark, Juror.  Award of  Excellence

Pastel Society of NC/5th Annual Pure Color International Online Show, Isabelle Lim, Juror

Pastel Society of New Hampshire/Online Juried Exhibition, Lyn Asselta, Juror



Pastel Society of Southeastern Texas/Art of the Pastel 2020, Kim Lordier, Juror

Piedmont Pastel Society/2020 NC Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, On Common Ground,

    Alain Picard, Juror.  Award of Excellence


Pastel Society of NC/Pure Color online exhibition, Deborah LaFogg, Juror. 


Pastel Society of NC/Pure Color Juried Pastel Exhibition, Jen Evenhus, Juror


Appalachian Pastel Society/Member Juried Exhibition, Asheville, NC,  

     Luana Luconi Winner, Juror

Art Emporium/Celebrate Charleston Juried Show, Charleston WV​​​​​​​

Apartment Earth/ 3rd Annual Juried Show, Honorable Mention, Charleston WV



Apartment Earth/Earth Day Show, Charleston, WV