My artwork is self taught. I had a great art teacher in high school. But my mother Muriel Mae Olson-Sater the professional artist and seamstress she is, is still the best teacher of all.
My Drawing Table
I HAVE BEEN DOING portraits since I was fifteen. In the very beginning oils were my main medium. I then started to dabble in colored-pencil and enjoyed how it looked. But an average-size drawing in colored pencil/pastels may take weeks to finish, especially in the kind of detail I find irresistible to illustrate. I work mostly from photographs. I spend a great deal of time working with the photographs composition. My goal to portray the subject to come alive on my open canvas. I express my artistic voice through that piece of work. I precisely confirm the image on paper/canvas because there’s no room for error when you work with colored pencil/pastel. When I’m working with a lot of white I leave the white on the paper open and fill in the texture/shadows later. I work mostly with Pedigree pencils but my favorite is Prismacolor pencils because they’re more soft which lays on more color. I always have a small piece of paper under my hand where it lays so I don’t smear any of my work. The paper I use is fairly smooth but yet has some texture so I can create the extreme detail in hair, eyes and so on. Most of my portrait work is done with a magnifying glass to achieve all the detail you see with the naked-eye.
16″ X 20″ Oil on canvas board for Donald and Pat Malinowski of their Champion white German Shepherd Dog Czar, MN
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