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.
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 .
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.
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
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.
||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.