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The Portal



Painted by Carol Kent
Matted and framed in a distressed grey studio frame
12×16 inches
Pastel Pencils on Pastelmat
Fine Art Original

1 in stock


The Portal

The Portal was painted with Pastel Pencils on Pastelmat. It is matted and framed in a distressed grey studio frame measuring 12×16 inches. The colors are lovingly layered with increasingly lighter hues to produce the feeling of depth and highlights in the piece. When needed, some hard edges are blended to appear softer. Others are outlined in black ink to have them stand out from the rest of the piece.

An ancient hollowed out log has transformed into a magical gateway between the forest and the viewer.  It is easy to imagine you are the mouse that this Short-Eared Owl is coming for. Maybe he is the keeper of the forest, the protector deterring any trespassers.

The kaleidoscope of greens and blues behind the owl certainly capture the imagination as to what could be beyond the colorful mist. There is the suggestion of beautifully colored eggs resting just beyond the lip of the opening.  Perhaps that is why the owl is so intent on defending his space.

The Log

The massive log is worn and cracked, its bark riddled with moss and fungi, which glitter like precious stones. A testament to its age. The beauty of the log and the colorful world beyond drew me in almost before I saw the owl.

Above all, I wanted to emphasize the mystery and wonder with the differing textures in this piece. Soft and swirling in the background, the log appearing rough and hard, the owl distinct and solid. I wanted to make sure it did not appear as an illusion coming through the gateway.


I come from a family of artists. My Great Grandmother was a successful artist who had her work showcased in Boston in the early 30’s. She has left her legacy to most of her descendants with just about all her grandchildren having some degree of artistic abilities. Whether it be with painting, photography or textile art, we certainly all seem driven to put our mark on the world, small as it may be.

I was born in Toronto but moved to the Maritimes when I was a child. Living in rural New Brunswick for the bulk of my life has encouraged my creative instincts. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing, painting and creating. With family and career taking up the majority of my time and energy I hadn’t been able to focus on my art as a ‘real thing’ until after I retired and most of the children had fled from the nest. That was in February 2021.

Art Career

I am extremely fortunate to be able to dedicate myself to my art now full time. I am constantly learning and challenging myself to improve. However, when I discovered Pastel Pencils, something clicked and I haven’t looked back. I currently sell commissioned pet portraits as my bread and butter and paint wildlife portraits with every available free moment. I strive for realism but also want to make sure my work is identifiable as a painting. It gives me great joy to be able to bring life to a blank page.

In the past year, I have illustrated for a children’s book. In addition, I am currently in the process of publishing my own book highlighted with my illustrations. If all goes well, it will be in publication this fall. I have donated pieces to the local animal shelter and to our local Ukrainian group in neighboring Saint John, NB to help raise funds. You can check out my work on my Facebook page Animal Portraits by Carol. I am working on setting up my own tiny gallery in a shop in my home, but I would love to see my work on display in a professional gallery at some point.

Although all of images are color compatible for viewing online, most computer monitors vary in their color configurations. The images that you see may not have accurate color representation.

Additional information

Dimensions 12 × 16 in


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