I grew up with pencils and paper always to hand and was encouraged to paint and draw by my parents. However,I pursued a career in Engineering, and have no formal art training. Many years later I renewed my interest in art, starting with watercolours and then pastels. More recently I have enjoyed pen and ink, and graphite work with a more realistic, detailed approach which is more my natural style.
The desire to introduce more colour into my work took me through watercolour washes and then to coloured pencils. It is viewing coloured pencil art online at UKCPS, and later other sites, that I became aware of many very talented artists and the incredible results they achieve with coloured pencils. For me this is a medium which allows the precise control and detail and achieves amazing richness of colour. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I never really thought of myself as an artist, just a doodler. I started to use my childrens pencils due to the fact that the house was quiet and I was bored. My friend saw what I had done, liked it, and insisted on helping me out with decent pencils and good paper. I was hooked and now I work with Karismas and Lana paper.
I have taken a couple of courses and try to experiment with different subjects to push myself but I still
love to do landscapes and enjoy being in the countryside gathering inspiritation for my work.
I still insist I am a doodler though.
I am an art historian specializing in
the history of picture frames, and also a commercial/fine artist.
I specialize in highly finished coloured pencil drawings: portraits & caricatures, flower & subject paintings. I also work in oils & acrylic, watercolour & pen-&-ink.
I am also an art historian, researching & writing on the history of picture frames, of all periods from the 14th to 20th century.
I paint under the acronym "RÇ",
which stands for Çaufy Roger. I am French
but I have lived in England since 1986.
I very rarely draw from nature or photographs. I
let my imagination run wild, even though I do not
produce abstract images. All my work is figurative
I have used and loved coloured pencils since I started
drawing. As nobody had told me that coloured pencils
were only "kid's crayons", I have always
treated them as a serious medium which demands much
patience and skill. In my mind medium has no importance
with regards to how precious a piece of artwork
is. What matters is the artist's sincere commitment
to what they do.
I am a Founder Member of the UK Coloured Pencil
Society and currently the Treasurer. Email:email@example.com Website: www.redcloud.co.uk
left school in the 60's with, amongst other achievements,
'O' level Art. Painting
in one form or another has been an on and off hobby
for over 30 years, primarily in oils until about 5 years
ago, when my husband treated me to a huge box of Faber
Castell Coloured Pencils from a shop in Bournemouth.
Since then oils have taken second place, and my efforts
have gathered pace, even selling a couple, and also
was commissioned to sketch a set of compliments cards
by a gite owner in the Dordogne. All had to be varied
French scenes - what a challenge! But they were delighted
- and so I was I!
My Art teacher's remark was 'Keep Drawing' - I'm doing
For as long as I care to remember I have had a
pencil in my hand. While other children were out
playing, I was drawing, swapping portraits of
pop/film stars for sweets. As a mature student
in my thirties, I went back to college and gained
my GCSE nd A Grade, A Level qualifications in
Art and Design. I later gained my Diploma in Design
Fashion and Textiles, but my first love was drawing
and that never waned. I started drawing again
and was persuaded to hold my first exhibition,
this was entitled Shades of Grey, Wildlife Portraits
in Pencil. The exhibition gained me many commissions.
This allowed me to return to my work with coloured
pencils. Although my greatest love is still wild
animals, due to demand I have been specializing
in pet portraits especially dogs.