Plein air pastel painting is my thing!

My easel is often set-up by the side of some road, somewhere. I’ve made a pastel painting in every state.

In June 2015, I completed my self-directed Fifty State Plein Air Painting Project.

Since then I have been busy exhibiting th

in galleries in Vermont and Pennsylvania.You can take the whole trip with me and see all 50 state paintings online at:

I do some larger studio work in pastel, too. During the 38 years that I maintained a studio in Pennsylvania my watercolor and pastel paintings were exhibited in galleries and museums, including 13 one-woman shows. I have participated in Door County, WI and Wayne, PA Plein Air Festivals. My garden and plant illustrations have appeared in Woman’s Day and Horticulture magazines. I studied illustration at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and pastel painting with teachers: Albert Handel, Doug Dawson, Lorenzo Chavez, Sally Strand, Jane Shoenfeld, Kim English and Susan Ogilvie. My work has been awarded often; most recently, Best of Show Vermont Pastel Society, September 2014; Most Luminous Landscape,  Vermont Pastel Society

Member Show,

April 2016; and Chicago Pastel Painters Award – For Pastels Only Cape Cod, July 2014.

I am a member of Pastel Society of America, International Plein Air Painters and Southern Vermont Center for the Arts.
My work is shown year-round by The Butternut Gallery in Montrose, Pennsylvania and by appointment in my Brattleboro studio.


Rodrica Tilley, Eastern Horizon

Rodrica Tilley, Eastern Horizon

Rodrica Tilley, Exhuberant Garden

Rodrica Tilley, Exhuberant Garden