The Self Taught Journey 

I believe that you can do anything you want, if you put your mind to it. With that philosophy, I methodically researched and learned from those in the field that I considered experts. I carve out hours everyday to continuing my education. The unexpected delight in my journey has been making friends with those that I admire. It's been rewarding in every way! I pray that I am always an eager student...

Some of my favorites:

CPSA Chapter 224

March 14, 2018

The Texas Chapter of Colored Pencil Society of America is a welcoming, warm, energized group that offers educational and support of every kind!

Vivid Flowers in Colored Pencils By Cynthia Knox

Cynthia Knox has shared her talent with us by posting online videos to help us recreate her masterpieces. I enjoyed every part of this class and found the techniques invaluable. 

Copy Of -Vivid Flowers in Colored Pencils By Cynthia Knox

Cynthia Knox has shared her talent with us by posting online videos to help us recreate her masterpieces. I enjoyed every part of this class and found the techniques invaluable. 

Realistic Textures in Colored Pencil By Cynthia Knox

Cynthia Knox has shared her techniques for amazing textures of every kind. I have used them on every piece. Her instruction is brilliant.

Billy Showell

Billy Showell is an amazing watercolor instructor. I have subscribed to her website courses and incorporate her teaching into my continued education.

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Publications

"Flowers in Colored Pencil" By Cynthia Knox

This book literally changed my life. Cynthia Knox is such a gifted teacher that she made the impossible seem easy. I worked through most every project in this book and found a world that I never knew existed. Cynthia Knox will always be my muse, mentor and friend. Since this book, I've purchased and devoured all of her 13 publications and am eagerly waiting for her next. 

"Capturing Soft Realism In Colored Pencil" By Ann Kulberg

Ann Kullberg is famous, because she was a pioneer in creating masterpieces in colored pencil. In this book, I learned all of the little tricks to her techniques that I find so valuable. She's inspirational in every way. Her website www.annkullberg.com is a resource that I use constantly.

"Lifelike Drawing" By Lee Hammond

Lee Hammond taught me the joy of drawing with graphite (pencil) from this book. It has helped me understand subtle value changes, so I can draw/ paint more accurately in color. 

"Color" Magazine Published By Ann Kullberg

This is a monthly magazine loaded with inspiration and guidance for the colored pencil enthusiast. It is a visual treat for mind and soul. You can subscribe at www.annkullberg.com along with ordering books, kits, and attending workshops.

"Botanical Drawing In Color" By Wendy Hollender

I've always been fascinated with botanical art. This book convinced me that I could actually produce beautiful botanical drawings. Wendy Hollender has packed each page with valuable information and gorgeous botanical art.  It is one of my "go to" reference books. 

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Associations

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

- C.S. Lewis

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