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Paul deMarrais has devoted his artistic efforts entirely to pastel since discovering the medium as an art student in the late 1970’s. He is happy to continue in the tradition of French and American impressionist painting. After many years of “Plein air” painting, Paul has begun to work from his own photos of the rolling landscape near his home in northeast Tennessee. A restless experimenter, Paul is known for making his own pastels for himself and other artist and exploring different surfaces and techniques in pastel. His paintings reflect his lifelong love for nature and the outdoors. He finds beauty and interest in simple scenes and attempts to get the feeling of the moment in his paintings through his use of bright and subdued color. His paintings are included in many private and corporate collections throughout the USA.