Kirkman's finely detailed pastel paintings have consistently won major awards in national and international competitions. her work has been published in The Artist Magazine as well as others.
"I'm constantly overwhelmed by the simple beauty and uniqueness of everyday life. I work to capture a moment of a feeling or to present an ordinary subject in a new way. I want to hold the viewer a moment longer with a sense of wonder, or perhaps a bit of humor. Life is short and fast. i want to slow down and see it." Rita Kirkman