I endeavor to bring my love of animals and art together to provide a remembrance of an owner’s best friend, or an interest in a special animal or place. I use a variety of media: colored pencil, water color, gouache and ink, and apply it to water color paper and more recently, Mylar. My subjects have included dogs, cats, geckos, and even a sloth. I like to take pictures of my subjects when possible, and find that engaging with them helps me recreate their energy. If meeting the animal is not possible, I work with photos provided by clients. I enjoy watching the animal come to “life” as I draw, and most importantly, love the reaction of an owner as they first view the drawing. The best reward there is!
After a long career in administration and education, I am enjoying retirement, which allows more time for art and working with the Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG), which provides inspiration for some of my drawings. I have practiced art most of my life in various mediums, and have taken a number of workshops and classes in colored pencil, water color and pastel with Marina Shipova, Catherine Mix, Carol Janda, and Susan Spar, and most recently with Eileen Sorg, who inspired me with her amazing and whimsical animal drawings/paintings. I have received recognition for work entered into the Clallam County Fair and for the last eight years have been concentrating on animal portraiture, taking commissions professionally after retirement from Peninsula College. My work, under “Summerwood Studio” has been commissioned by pet owners in Washington State, California, and Oklahoma.
I may be contacted at 360-681-5127 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org