Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter receives Pastel Society award

A Girl and Her Dog - pastel by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee

“I wanted to paint the relationship going on between the girl and her dog who are looking away from each other and yet appear so lovingly connected, that spiritual bond that so many of us share with our animals,” said Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter.

Parmenter recently received the Barbara Danser Founders Award from the Pastel Society of New Hampshire for her painting A Girl and Her Dog, an entry in the  pastel society’s 6th Annual Members Exhibit.

The painting is of a young girl with beautiful red hair and an adorable little dog, a rescue dog named Ginny. The little girl spent lots of time training the dog.

Carol Santora of Kennebunk, Maine, the juror of awards, described the painting as “more than a portrait of a girl and a dog. I can feel the space, and feel the love and emotion.”

Santora also pointed to Parmenter’s “flawless technique” and the “innovative positions of figure and dog”and…”details only where necessary.”

Inspiration for the painting came from an image on Ruffly Speaking.

“As soon as I saw it, I saw a painting,” Parmenter said.

After contacting the photographer, the mother of the child, and getting permission to use the photo as a painting reference, Parmenter went to work.

“I played with the composition a little and had fun painting with all the different reds and greens.”

Exhibit and Contact Information

The Pastel Society Members Exhibit is on display April 1 – May 14 at Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden at 236 Hopkinton Road in Concord.

The exhibition has 82 pastel paintings from 52 members.

It is a wonderful show in a lovely gallery setting that demonstrates the variety that can be accomplished with the pastel medium. As you are looking at the show, you look at the quality of the work on one wall and find the one you think would be your favorite; turn to the next wall, you have to start your process all over again because the quality of the work is of such high caliber. – Betsy Craumer, president of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire

For NHPS information including a list of other award winners and membership and exhibit information, visit:

To see more of Parmenter’s work–landscapes, figures, still lifes, animals, and commissioned portraits–visit

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