Featured in “Creative Artist – Yearbook 2017” Article

Patrick Hedges MSA wrote an article about the International Society of Scratchboard Artists for the Australian publication: Creative Artist – Yearbook 2017.  He chose to write about 9 artists who he considers “past Society presidents and some of the current movers and shakers” of the Society and I’m honored that he included me!

The cover of the magazine features Cathy Sheeter MSA‘s gorgeous ocelot scratchboard:

And here is the page that features me:



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Award of Merit – California State Fair

“Diminutive Phoenix – Never Forget” received an Award of Merit in the 2017 California State Fair Fine Art Exhibit. This scratchboard drawing features a Brewer’s Blackbird and  portion of the crumpled beams of the 9-11 Memorial at the harbor in Baltimore, MD.

Click on the image to find out more.


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This interview appeared in the January 2017 issue of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists‘ newsletter. Click on the image for a larger version.



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“Safety” Receives Silver Award

It’s a humbling honor to announce that “Safety”, my scratchboard drawing of a greyhound, received a Silver award (second place) in the Master’s division at the 2017 International Society of Scratchboard Artists’s Exhibition. Our Exhibition is full of exceptional works, and the Master’s division is the cream of the crop, so I am extremely proud of this recognition. I’m grateful to Avril Thomas, the juror for the Master’s division, for selecting my work. This year’s Exhibition is being held in South Australia at the Stump Hill Gallery at the McLaren Vale Visitor’s Center. The Exhibition runs through March 10th.

Update, 2/18/17 – sold at the Exhibition





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Art Selected for “Art Journey Animals” Book

Tell Me More About “Sheep”, my scratchboard drawing of a border collie pup, has been selected for publication in another of North Light Books’ compilation editions: Art Journey Animals – A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks. The book was published in December of 2016. Art featured in the book was selected from previous North Light publications.


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MSA Status

The results are in, I’ve been awarded Master member status (MSA) in the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. It’s an incredible honor to be recognized for my achievements in scratchboard and my dedication to this medium that I love so much!

For more information, please read my press release.


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“Fresh Feathers” Awarded Second Place

“Fresh Feathers”, my drawing of a Shire draft horse’s legs, was awarded Second Place in the Miniature category at the 2016 Art at the Classic art show at the Draft Horse Classic.  I took the reference photo of the horse at the wash rack at the Classic a few years ago. This drawing measures 6″ x 4″ and has sold.

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“Sleeping Patterns” – Headed to Houston

I’m thrilled and honored to announce that “Sleeping Patterns”, my scratchboard drawing of a pair of Sumatran Tigers, has been accepted in the Society of Animal Artists‘ 56th Annual Exhibition. The Exhibition runs September 23, 2016 through January 1, 2017 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. After the Exhibition ends in Houston, there will be a touring exhibition of select works. It’s a possibility that these tigers could do some traveling.

Read more about the process and see in-progress stages in this blog post I wrote just after completing the drawing.

Click here to see a “zoomable” version of the drawing.

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“Boston Style” Licensed by Suzuki Motors

I’m thrilled to announce that “Boston Style”, my scratchboard drawing of a Boston Terrier, is now available on special edition Suzuki “Alto” cars in Japan. The drawing is re-created as one of a series of optional decals for application on the tailgate of the mini hatchback.

The creative producer of Hakuhodo, Inc., Japan’s oldest advertising and marketing firm, contacted me in April of 2015 after Hakuhodo’s creative designer found my art on the internet. They were looking for animal illustrations and felt that the drawing was “fitting & appealing to the target audience (females in their 20’s-30’s).” Many emails, negotiations, a contract, forms, forms and more forms ensued, and the art was eventually made into a decal.  Please visit this page for more details.


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Sandhill Crane Drawing – Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival

“Sandhill Crane”, a 2 3/4″ x 5″ scratchboard drawing, received Best in Show in the Fine Art division at the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival. It also sold, so that makes me a very happy camper! My mixed media drawing of a Horned Lizard was also in the show. It did not sell, and is still available.


Photo courtesy of Katherine Plumer

Sandhill Crane in progress

Horned Lizard – Mixed Media Drawing

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