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A Visual Portfolio of Art

Morning Swim artwork

My most recent completion for 2024!

 

A pair of Mallards out for a "Morning Swim." This work is based on a photo I captured at the local duck pond in Kennedy Park, Napa, CA. 

Title: Morning Swim

Size: 10" x 8"

Medium: Holbein Colored Pencil

Surface: Canson Mi-Tientes board

Reference: My own reference

Resilience artwork
Logo for the Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature Group
Hawaiian Wildlife Center Logo
Logo for the Global Roots Mural Mosaic Project

Here is "Resilience," a 6x6 canvas tile done in acrylic.

This is my second tile for the Global Roots Mosaic Mural - America Home and Family. I also paired the project with an Artists and Biologists Unite for Nature (ABUN) project #42 in support of the Hawaiian Wildlife Center for the Nēnē or Hawaiian Goose. Reference by Erwin Cox-Pixabay.

Title: Resilience

Size: 6" x 6"

Medium: Acrylic

Surface: Canvas

Reference: Used with permission by Erwin Cox-Pixabay

Protector artwork
Logo for the Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature Group
Solidearth Meerkat Logo
Logo for the Global Roots Mural Mosaic Project

Here is "Protector," a 6x6 canvas tile done in acrylic.

This is my third tile for the Global Roots Mosaic Mural - America Home and Family. I also paired the project with an Artists and Biologists Unite for Nature (ABUN) project #45 - Solidearth Meerkat Rehab and Rescue, photo courtesy of Solidearth.

Title: Protector

Size: 6" x 6"

Medium: Acrylic

Surface: Canvas

Reference: Used with permission courtesy of Solidearth

An acrylic painting of a Snow Leopard
Logo for the Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature Group
Logo for the Global Roots Mural Mosaic Project
Logo for the Snow Leopard Conservancy

This snow leopard project for me was two in one, participation in Artists & Biologists Unite for Nature project #46 for the Snow Leopard Conservancy and the Global Roots Mosaic Mural "America Home & Family."

 

The acrylic paint project for Global Roots Mosaic Mural is on a 6" square canvas tile and is based on a photo reference by Steve Tracy for the Snow Leopard Conservancy.

Title: Awareness

Size: 6" x 6"

Medium: Acrylic

Surface: Canvas

Reference: Used with permission by Steve Tracy

Invisible Artwork by Tracey Chaykin

With each stroke, "Invisible" invites you to ponder the hidden narratives woven into the fabric of nature, where the seen and unseen converge in a timeless embrace. Dive deep into the enigmatic allure of this piece, and let your imagination roam freely amidst the shadows of the unseen.

Title: Invisible

Size: 11" x 14"

Medium: Colored Pencils, Acrylic, Spray Paint and Pastel

Surface: PastelMat

Reference: Used with permission by Matt Petrini

"Hawaiian Love" artwork with Colored Pencils and PanPastels

Our Colored Pencil Northern California chapter is participating in a cause for our 2023 participation at the Livermore Artwalk, and members were commissioned to each create a 5"x 7" card incorporating a Hawaiian theme. Each one is unique, and one hundred percent (100%) of the sale of these beautiful cards is going to support the efforts of the World Central Kitchen (https://wck.org/), providing meals to victims and responders.

Title: Hawaiian Love

Size: 7" x 5"

Medium: Prismacolor Premier pencils and layers of PanPastel for background

Surface: Fabriano 140lb Black Black paper 

Reference: From my organic garden and some imagination.

Portrait in Colored Pencil

I've desired to do a self-portrait for a while now. My thought process steered me towards doing a piece that embodied what my art represents, conservation. Conservation of our planet and all that live on it for future generations. By imposing my facial features over the planet, my goal is to reinforce that we, the universe, the planet, and all living things are one and always connected.

 

Title: Connected (a self-portrait)

Size: 11"x14"

Medium: Prismacolor Premier and Derwent Intense pencils

Surface: Grafix Dura-Lar Matte

Reference: My own plus a little imagination

Chicadee drawing in Mixed Media
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I completed this little guy just in time for the holidays! This is the 2022 June subject for the BirdWhisperer Project, the Black-Capped Chickadee.

Title: Winter Break

Size: 8 1/2 x 6

Medium: PanPastel background, Chickadee, and Berries done with Faber-Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor Verithins topped with Arteza Metallic Acrylic paint and White Micro Glitter for some fun snowy effects.

Reference: Birdwhisperer Project/Pixabey

Otter in Colored Pencil
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My first completion of 2023! This little 5x7 piece is my contribution to a unique project coming out for World Otter Day 2023 in partnership with IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group!

Title: The Chase

Size: 5x7

Medium: Prismacolor Premier colored pencils

Surface: Pastelmat

References: a compilation of three separate references purchased from Shutterstock.

Mixed Media Sunflower drawing

Our Colored Pencil, Northern California chapter, participated in a cause, and members were commissioned to each create a 5"x7" card incorporating a Sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine. Each one is unique, and one hundred percent (100%) of the sale of these beautiful cards went to support the efforts of the World Central Kitchen (https://wck.org/). 

Title: Hopeful

Size: 5"x7"

Medium: Prismacolor Premier pencils and Gold Leaf

Surface: Stonehenge 140lb Aqua Hotpress

Reference: My own from my organic garden.

Vegetables in Colored Pencil

This was some of my 2021 garden harvest that I chose to arrange in a rainbow fashion.

Title;  Colorful Eats (A Veggie Still Life)

Size: 11 x 14

Medium:  Brutfuner Premier Pencils

Surface:  Pastelmat

Reference:  My Own

Ducks in Colored Pencil

This piece was completed for the California Duck Stamp Competition.

Title:  Gadwall Haven

Size:  7 x 10

Medium:  Prismacolor Colored Pencil

Surface:  Mixed Media paper

Reference:  Multiple references from Pixabey

Honeybees in Colored Pencil

This is a piece I've played around with designing ever since I took this little guy's photo.  Since it found refuge in my garden, I thought it was only appropriate to depict the bee in its actual environment.

Title;  Sanctuary

Size: 9 x 12

Medium:  Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Surface:  White Pastelmat

Reference:  My Own

Black Cockatoo in Colored Pencil
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The July 2019 subject for the BirdWhisperer Project is the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo. So cool how the sunshine makes it look more blue than black! A gorgeous bird and a fun project!

Title: Mysterie
Size: 11 x 14
Medium: Prismacolor and Derwent Inktense pencils
Surface: Strathmore Series 400 Artagain tinted drawing paper
Reference: License free from Pixabay

Monarch Butterflies in Colored Pencil

Title: The Gathering

Size: 5"x7"

Medium: Faber-castell colored pencils

Paper: Stonehedge Aqua Cold Press

References: Milkweed from my Garden, Butterflies, domain free from Pixabay by Kathysg, Miller26tl, Nancy Stevens, & Roland Cardenas.

Bobcat Portrait in Colored Pencil
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Here is Dillion, a Bobcat(Lynx rufus), a resident at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. I zoomed in on his beautiful face, and he is done in 100% Colored Pencil on White Pastelmat. Watercolor pencils for the background. Finished size, 8x10, and reference by Ike Wever. 

Blue Jay in Colored Pencil
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Here is the December 2018 subject for the BirdWhisperer Project, the Steller's Jay. This piece was my first time using a ceramic knife by Slice for texturing. 

Title: Simply Steller
Size: 8 x 10
Medium: Prismacolor pencils 
Surface: Canson Mi-Tientes
Reference: License free from Pixabay

Mandarin Ducks in Colored Pencil
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I present the January 2019 subject for the BirdWhisperer Project, the Mandarin Wood Duck. I've been waiting a long time to share this one, as my representation was done back in December as a Christmas gift for a colleague and friend. The female version in this piece was based on a photo reference from an item in his home.

Title: Mandarin Do Si Do 
Size: approx. 9 x 12 Oval
Medium: Prismacolor pencils 
Surface: Oval Slice of Basswood
Reference: License free from Pixabay & my own reference photo.

 Seagull in Colored Pencil
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Bearded Dragon  in Mixed Media

The November 2018 subject for the BirdWhisperer Project is the Brown Hooded Gull of Southern South America.

Title: "Scavenger of the Seas"
Size: 3" Wood Disc
Medium: Prismacolor Softcore and Verithin pencils on a Basswood Coaster. 
Reference: Free license photo from Pixabay

My nephew's Bearded Dragon, Boulder set in its native habitat!

 

Size: 11 x 14

Medium: Ground, Log, and Bearded Dragon done with Prismacolor pencils. The forest background was done with Gouache. The piece was completed with accents from Model Railroading landscape materials on UArt 800 black sanded pastel paper.

Reference: My own photo of Boulder and the background are done based on research on the natural habitat of Australia.

Bird in Colored Pencil
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Here is the September 2018 subject for the BirdWhisperer Project of a Lilac Breasted Roller (National bird of Kenya, Africa.)

Title: "Pride of Kenya"
Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Multiple layers of Caran D'Ache Pablo pencils over a Gouache underpainting on Coal Black Artagain paper by Strathmore. 
Reference: Free license photo from Pixabay

Kingfisher in Mixed Media
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The October 2018 subject for the BirdWhisperer Project is a Common Kingfisher.

Title: "Trout for Dinner"
Size: 10" x 8"
Medium: Multiple layers of Caran D'Ache Pablo pencils over an underpainting of Arteza water-based ink brush pens on Light Green Canson MiTientes paper. 
Reference: Free license photo from Pixabay

Snow Leopard in Colored Pencil
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Here is my piece for ABUN - Artists and Biologists for Nature of a Snow Leopard.

Title: "On The Prowl"
Size: 10" x 8"
Medium: Prismacolor pencils on Sienna colored Pastelmat. 
Reference: courtesy of Dr. B Munkhtsog (Mtsog Irbis

Hummingbird in Colored Pencil
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Here is the August 2018 subject for the BirdWhisperer Project of a White Tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird.

Title: "Small but Mighty"
Size: 12" x 15.5"
Medium: Derwent Pencils; Inktense, Lightfast, Coloursoft, a few Procolour and Artist pencils. 
Reference: Free license photo from Pixabay

Cockatoo in Mixed Media

"Behind Bars," Size: 4.5" x 5.5" on Uart 800 Black Pastel Sandpaper
Reference: My own completed with PanPastel underpainting (100% freehanded, no preliminary outline drawing), Stabilo Carbothello and Faber-Castell pastel pencils, Prismacolor Premier Soft Core, Derwent Pencils Procolour & Inktense, Caron D'Ache Luminance and Stabilo Aquarelle dry with some of BrushAndPencil.com's Titanium White mixed with their Touch up Texture to embellish some of the Whitest features.

Butterfly in Colored Pencil
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"American Lady." Based on my photo, she is 5" x 5" and done in Prismacolor Premiere, Verithins, and Stabilo Aquarelle dry on Dark Blue Pastelmat.

Donated to the "Save the Dells" project.

Hibiscus flower in Mixed Media

"Sunbathing," which measures 5.5"x 5." The companion to "Moonlighting" was completed using two layers of Prismacolor premier on top of a PanPastel underpainting on UArt 500 Sanded Pastel Paper. I used a Macro of my own photo reference.

Hibiscus flower in Mixed Media

"Moonlighting," which measures 8"x 10." This piece was completed using Prismacolor Premier, Derwent Pencils (Artist & Tinted Graphite), and Stabilo Aquarelle on Strathmore Artist Papers 400 Series Bristol.

Toucan in Colored Pencil

 "Blu." Finished, it's 8" x 10" done with Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Artist Papers Series 400 Recycled Drawing 80lb Paper. The Reference Photo used with permission is by Linda Grante

Portrait in Colored Pencil

"Who me...". This portrait measures 8" x 10" and is done with Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Artagain Coal Black 400 Series 60lb paper. 

Portrait in Pastel

"Livin the Rainbow"  is 15" x 9" completed and done in Prismacolor NuPastels and Koh-I-Nor pastel pencils from my own reference photo on Strathmore Pastel paper.

Ornamental Cabbage in Colored Pencil

"Pretty in Pink." This piece is 9" x 12". The photo reference of this beautiful Ornamental Cabbage is by Sally Robertson and was drawn with Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore 400 Series 80lb paper.​

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