William Pfahl


I am a plein air painter utilizing oil and pastel. I am a long time member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) and also the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. I am a former facilitator and attend regularly open model studios at Panza Gallery in Millvale. I am a frequent contributor to Panza Gallery exhibits.

I am inspired by direct observation and the plein air process. I enjoy playing with color and composition within the framework of linear perspective. In addition to painting plein air cityscapes, I regularly paint three hour sessions of both the figure and portrait.

I teach summer Painting Workshops to teens and Pastel Painting Classes to adults at the Touchstone Center for Crafts. I have been teaching with Touchstone since 2007, and previously taught Middle + High School Visual Arts in the Pittsburgh Public School system for 12 years. I was the guest Pastels Instructor at La Roche College for Instructor Ron Donoughe. Recently, I have enjoyed demonstrating oil painting at Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce, and art leagues in Bethel Park, Penn Hills, West Hills and Beaver.