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Sharon Blakey
I live in Brighouse West Yorkshire, am married to Steve and have three daughters Hayley, 12, Brooke 8 and Geena, 1.
I  also have 2 American Bulldogs, Pru and Bolt.
I have always loved drawing but it was put on the back burner for a while
due to not enough free time. However, after having my youngest daughter Geena I became a stay at home mum and have  rekindled my interest in art. I do not have any art qualifications, I am self taught.
The turning point from lead to colour was offering a raffle prize of a dog portrait for a friend who organises American Bulldog shows, I originally intended to draw it in lead pencil but having seen a dog portrait in coloured pencil and loving it I decided to try them. Upon looking in my local art shop I bought a set of 30 Caran d'Ache water soluble colour pencils and haven't looked back, each time I draw I discover something new that they have to offer. I love the many different effects that can be achieved with coloured pencils and the fact that there are so
many differing types to choose from.

Dominique Bolt
I have only relatively recently discovered the joy of art, and I particularly enjoy drawing which I find intensely therapeutic and relaxing. For ages I only drew with graphite, but gradually I began to feel the need for colour. Coloured Pencils seemed perfect.. they enable me to draw in colour. I love their luminosity, and the beautiful colour combinations one can achieve with layers of different colours. I love the way the artist is in control all the time. I even love the smell of the pencils and I always get a thrill each time I open my box of pencils. It amazes me that I chose Coloured Pencils as a medium, as I am exceedingly impatient, and this is a medium which requires patience, but it satisfies my desire for order in my chaotic environment .
E-mail: mdblinbolt@cwgsy.net

Robin Borrett
I have used coloured pencils since the eighties, in the early years I demonstrated Caran D'ache pencils. At that time I had been a technical illustrator and graphic designer for over twenty years.
Turning to coloured pencils was very therapeutic after drawing in black and white for so long.
My days spent as a technical illustrator gave me the opportunity to gain experience in several industries such as Aerospace, Science Research Council and Diesel Electric Locomotives. So again, turning to coloured pencils brought about a wonderful change of pace and makes illustrating with colour so enjoyable.
E-mail: robin.borrett@talktalk.net   
 Website: www.artistandillustrator.co.uk

Graham Brace
I started drawing seriously in January 2000.
I find everything about my native Pembrokeshire in West Wales inspirational - the coast, the countryside and above all the superb quality of light.
I work predominantly in coloured pencil (Faber Castell Albrecht Durer, Stabilo Softcolor, Karisma and Caran d¹Ache).
I now work full time as an artist - undertaking commissions, marketing a range of limited edition prints and selling original work through a number of galleries in Wales. 
Email:  grahambrace@btinternet.com  Website: www.grahambrace.com

Linda E. Brown
I am a self-taught Artist and Craftworker, never finding the time for formal training.
Although my first love was Oils, I have progressed through all the painting mediums to settle on Pencils of all sorts and Pen & Ink. I use Derwent Artists Colouring Pencils mostly and sometimes Berol Verithin for finer details. I use a refillable Technical pen for Pen & Ink work and Derwent Sketching Pencils for Pencil work. During the last ten years I have received many awards and prizes and have Exhibited regularly. My work is in private collections in Britain, Europe, USA and Australia.         
Website: www.lindasgallery.co.uk
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