I am a self-taught artist. I have never taken a class in art, but I have taught myself ways to get better at my art. I really study and dissect the art of others that I admire.
My favorite tool to work with is a graphite pencil. Even though it's not color being laid down on a sheet of paper, it's when every eye, hair, wrinkle, and vein become your color. Details like that are where the little things become color in a viewer's eye.
My drawing of "Fall Ballin' Mamas" is one of my favorite pieces. This piece won First Place at Sacramento Horse Expo Art Show in 2016 in the graphite division, along with a drawing of a very close friend's Basset Hound he lost of "Barbie" which won the Juried Art Show in the Humboldt County Art Fair, along with winning Second Place at the Sacramento State Horse Expo Art Show. I recently just have been accepted into the Cattlemen's Western Art show of Paso Robles, California.
I have only just begun to sell my art in the past few years. I've never really thought about going anywhere with it until a lady approached me one day and asked if she could buy my drawing. That one day opened doors I never thought imaginable. Now I am looking forward to learning how to attend more art shows and someday meet the artist I admire so much in the art world.
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Sharlene Rayl, Pencil Drawing