“Let’s Go!” Receives Best in Show Award


It was a surprise and an honor to learn at the opening reception that “Let’s Go!” a scratchboard drawing of my friend’s dog, Fidget, received the Best in Show (Gold) Award in the Master’s (MSA) Division of the 2018 International Society of Scratchboard Artists‘ Annual Exhibition. The juror for the MSA Division, Jean Vance, had this to say about the drawing after I wrote to thank her for choosing my work for the Gold Award: “When I walked into the gallery, I immediately was captured by your entry; the composition, values and fine detail that exemplified the beauty and technique of scratchboard.  You are correct in saying that any in the Master’s division could have been considered, but yours spoke the loudest and spoke to me of joy.” I am truly grateful that she saw something special in this work, as the subject is a very special dog. Fidget was a senior dog with cancer when my friend adopted her, yet she thrived and is still going strong (although slowing down now) nearly 5 years later. The Best in Show Award belongs to Fidget as well!

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K9 Ronin Accepted in SAA Exhibition


“K9 Ronin” is headed to St. Petersberg Florida for the Society of Animal Artists’ 58th  Annual “Art and the Animal” Exhibition. The Exhibition runs July 28 – October 23, 2018 at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. After the Exhibition ends in Florida, there will be a touring exhibition of select works, so it’s a possibility that Ronin could do some traveling. I’m honored to have a work selected for this Exhibition; SAA competition is extremely tough. I’m grateful that the judges saw something special in this drawing.

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“Diminutive Phoenix” and “Lets Go!” Headed to OH


The International Society of Scratchboard Artists’ annual Exhibition is approaching. I’ve sent two scratchboard drawings to the show. As a Master-level member (MSA) my work is not required to be juried in and I’m allowed to submit up to two works. “Phoenix” was already completed, and I had planned to finish another piece, but my personal life got in the way and I didn’t have the time I needed. I switched gears and created “Let’s Go!”, a smaller drawing that required less time. I’ll finish the other drawing for the 2019 Exhibition.

“Diminutive Phoenix – Never Forget” Brewer’s Blackbird on 9-11 Wreckage

“Let’s Go!”

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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.

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Interview

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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Video Annie (Annabelle) – Scratchboard Cat Portrait WIP

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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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