March of the Mentors - March 2019


As one of the 10th Anniversary celebration events, the Pastel Society of Southern California hosted it’s first ever pastel mentoring program, March of the Mentors, on March 9, 2019!

PSSC members were able to participate in an individualized small group session with an artist mentor/instructor for hands-on learning and portfolio review.

It was a great success and we look forward to more March of the Mentor events in the future!

Panel of Mentors


For most of her life, Dori has been involved in fine art and design. Her background has included titles such as art student, interior designer, architectural draftsman, grade school art teacher, workshop instructor, and pastel teacher.

Her work in pastel has earned her many awards, most notably, PSSC Best of Show for two consecutive years, awarded by Richard McKinley and Marla Baggetta. An active member of the PSSC for six years, she has held the position of vice president for 3 years. The process of creating a painting is most important and she loves to share that as a teacher with others seeking to learn more about pastels. 


Bernard Fallon is a graduate of the Liverpool College of Art, and has been part of the PSSC since its inception ten years ago. He has been actively involved as a demonstrator, publicist, exhibition organizer, and board member for the Society over the years. In 2018, juror Tony Alain awarded him Best of Show, along with an Honorable mention, at the PSSC Annual Members Exhibition. More of Fallon’s work can be seen on his website: 


Sophia (Zahra) Pezeshk was born in Tehran, Iran and received her B.A in Iran. She has the privilege of having some of the most well-known Iranian Professors of art like: A. Aghdashlou, N. Moslemian, and M. Jamshidi for 12 years.

She has displayed her artworks in solo and group exhibitions in Iran and US and some of her drawings have been published as book covers.She has won awards for her pastel paintings. The bright side of Her art works is mostly focused on "hyper realism drawings" utilizing different mediums such as oils and pastels. She started teaching art privately and in art academies since 2009.


Born in 1971, Master Pastelist and International Award Winning artist, Otto Stürcke is primarily self-taught.  As a representational artist who is greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters, he seeks to find common ground between the contemporary and the classical by depicting the personal, the emotional, and the quiet elegance in his paintings through light, shadow, and texture.

His work has been published in the Pastel Journal, Southwest Art Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Pratique de Arts “40 Masters of Pastel”, and “The Art of Chalk”.


David is a graduate of Art Center College of Design. After retiring from a distinguished design career at Mattel, he devoted himself to Fine Art, working primarily in Pastels and Oils. He is a founding board member of the PSSC, and is currently President of Destination: Art in Torrance, where he has a studio, and also teaches.