A self-taught artist, Kari Tirrell spent her formative years drawing people and animals in graphite, charcoal, and ink. She won her first award in an art contest at age 11. After many years of drawing, Kari changed direction and started painting abstracts in acrylic, selling her work to collectors around the globe. She eventually returned to realism, and soft pastel became her medium of choice.
Kari’s work has been juried into many regional, national, and international exhibitions, and has received numerous awards. She lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, and is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society, and is a Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast.