This show was the debut for Archambault's pastel paintings. A unique aspect of this show was that it assembled sketches, studies and photographs made in preparation for some of the completed pastel and watercolor paintings on display.
"My study of people began simply enough-as a desire to incorporate them into my landscapes. I had been painting for years and all my pictures were devoid of people. From the onset I discovered the difficulty of this subject: proportions and how they varied with the different age groups, the expression to be conveyed by a given body stance, skin tone variations. My goal was to capture these aspects. Recently I have been trying pastels under the advice of my peers who felt that working with an opaque media afforded a more thorough understanding of the intricacies I was seeking. Pastels have been an exciting part of my growth, but I miss watercolors and am anxious to return to them to see what this experience has done for them.
"I have been in pursuit of these elusive goals for over two years. I consider painting people the ultimate challenge that any artist faces. It will take much more study, perhaps a lifetime, but it will be a wonderful, fulfilling endeavor. I hope that you enjoy the exhibit."