Featured Artists for June
This month our special focus is on Coloured Pencils, a medium increasing in popularity among professional artists.
Artists have appreciated the obvious convenience of portability and of course the immediacy of coloured pencils. Unlike many other mediums, pencils aren’t messy or require time to dry, making them flexible with modern life. This flexibility is no doubt a factor in their popularity, but probably more importantly is the significant improvement in both the quality and variety now available.
The most common and important advice art tutors offer is to invest in the best quality available. As colours can be purchased individually, they recommend starting with a small collection of the best quality rather than a large box of cheap pencils. Top brands are equal in pigment quality and lightfastness to any other medium. High quality products, which come in both soluble and non-soluble versions, layer beautifully (similar to glazing with other mediums), so that mixing colours maintains a brightness and glow. The highest quality pencils also have great permanency and can be used on a variety of surfaces, including boards, watercolour paper, canvas, cotton and even wood.
For June we are proud to present three highly skilled colour pencil artists; Richard Klekociuk, Janet Matthews and Nola Sindel.
Some of the high-quality brands recommended by our Featured Artists are Caran d’Ache pencils and Faber Castell’s Albrecht Durer and Polychromos pencils. These products have the perfect consistency to produce layers of rich colours as well as being firm enough to hold a long point essential for detailed work.
We hope you find this month’s segment interesting and inspiring enough to experiment with this somewhat understated medium which will no doubt surprise you. Some artists have even warned the use of this medium can become addictive and meditative.
To view the amazing work produced by this medium, go to https://www.ozartfinder.com/featured-australian-artists/ and we’re sure you’ll be interested to know more about each of these wonderfully skilled artists, their individual journeys and their outstanding achievements.
Richard Klekociuk is an Australian contemporary artist based in Port Macquarie. Coloured pencils have been his preferred medium for well over 30 years, and his main focus has been on landscapes, colour, abstraction, patterns, and light and shadow.
Richard graduated from the Tasmanian School of Art in 1971, and has been a practicing artist, teacher and art judge for over 40 years.
He has won numerous awards, including being selected as one of the finalists in the 2009 and 2014 prestigious Glover Exhibition in Launceston which is now one of Australia’s richest annual art prizes. Other awards include the Bay of Fires Art Prize (Tasmania) in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and in 2014 Richard was awarded Master Pencil Artist Status by the Canadian Pencil Society and Master Status in 2018 by the Coloured Pencil Community of Australasia.
Richard is a popular tutor who conducts interesting and informative workshops. With his 40 years’ experience as a professional artist, he generously offers sound advice on products and application along with general artistic tuition on colour and composition. Richard can be contacted for further details via his website or our internal art teachers listing; https://www.ozartfinder.com/artteachers/richard-klekociuk/
Janet Matthews is a Melbourne based professional artist and teacher. She has always had a love for drawing and a particular passion for wildlife. Her highly skilled realistic artwork superbly captures birds and animals in their natural environment.
Amongst Janet’s extensive list of awards and achievements include being selected as the ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ for 2017 by the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia. She was also honoured to win a Juried Award in the “Focus on Nature” Exhibition in the New York State Museum.
Janet’s artwork is held in high regard and continues to forge new ideas and win acclaim. She has held several successful solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions, and her work is held in private collections throughout Australia and overseas.
Janet also conducts regular classes, workshops and demonstrations and can be contacted for further details via her website or our internal art teachers listing; https://www.ozartfinder.com/artteachers/janet-matthews/
Nola Sindel lives in the Tenterfield area, in New South Wales where she specialises in exotic plants and native wildlife of the Northern Tablelands.
Having a lifetime interest in the study of plants and animals and combined with her love for drawing and painting, Nola produces beautifully detailed wildlife artworks in both watercolours and coloured pencils.
Now retired from a career in education, Nola devotes her time to observing the wildlife around her to capture in her artwork the natural beauty of birds, animals and native plants.
Nola is a member of the Queensland Botanical Artists’ Society, Botanical Artists Society of Australia, Queensland Wildlife Artists’ Society and Borderline Regional Artists’ Association. She exhibits regularly through these local Art Societies and their associated galleries and has been awarded several art prizes at the societies’ art shows, including both first and second prizes at the Tenterfield Show in 2015.