Kathleen Perelka

242 Pinnacle Road

Canaan, Maine 04924




Pastel is my medium. I love its immediacy and vibrancy. I love the way the stick feels in my hand and that there is no brush or pencil or implement of any kind between my hands and the surface I’m working on. Pastel has a sparkle that no other medium can compare to; each little particle reflects both color and light giving the painting a life force of its own. 


I have a spiritual connection with nature and being outdoors. Sounds, scents, and color feed me. I am most alive outdoors and work almost entirely with the landscape; wild places like marshes and blueberry barrens with no homes in sight.  I also am drawn to farm scenes with huge fields and open sky. 


My style is at once impressionistic, expressionistic, and realistic. I always represent real places. I don’t strive to capture every little detail. Instead, I am looking to capture the essence of a place, a time of year or a time of day.

See my original work: 



call 207-474-6168 for appointment

River Roads Art Gallery 

Water Street,  Skowhegan

Edgecomb Pottery Gallery

Commercial Street, Portland


Prints, calendars, cards and smaller works at

Archipelago Gallery

Maine Street, Rockland

Maine Center For Craft

Maine Turnpike in Gardiner