Bonnie Sheckter

Amara
13.12 x 16.37 inches
Prismacolor Premier on matte acetate
2 Reference photos: 1 from a friend, with permission, and my own

Bio
A former lithographer living in Toronto, Canada, I switched from printmaking to drawing with coloured pencil about 19 years ago. I love this medium for its wonderful capabilities in capturing subtle nuances, lustrous build-up of colour, and its liberating sense of spontaneity. I am particularly enamoured with using drafting film as a drawing surface for my coloured pencils, it is particularly suited for achieving smooth gradations as well as using an eraser as a drawing tool. I am always on the lookout for interesting faces to draw, and try to capture candid, un-posed reference shots with my camera without the subject being aware; luckily, with the advent of cell phones with high quality cameras, this is becoming easier. Portraiture is my favourite genre; seeing faces ‘come alive’ on my drawing board never ceases to be a thrill, particularly when I am able to capture a myriad of complex, inner thoughts and moods, as evident in the expressions on their faces. Most of my drawings are compilations of one or more reference photos.


Achievements
I have had my coloured pencil drawings accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America International exhibitions 8 times (out of 10 times entered), between 2002 and 2019; 2 times in The Society of Canadian Artists International Exhibitions, 2018 and 2019; and 1 time in the International show of the Pencil Art Society, 2016.


Publications:
• I have been published in Ann Kullberg’s CP Treasures Vol. 4, 5 and 6, 2016 to 2019
• Profile Article “From Toxic to Green” in Ann Kullberg’s Color Magazine, November 2016 issue.
• Canadian Brushstroke Magazine, 2011 (Award finalist)
• Online Artist’s Magazine, Featured Artist of the Month, February 2005


Awards:
• Award for Distinction, 23rd Annual CPSA Exhibition, 2015
• Both President’s Award and People’s Choice Award, 2nd International PAS Juried exhibition 2016
• First prize “Mary Pratt Crystal Award”, 50th International Juried Exhibition, 2018
• People’s Choice Award, CPCAU Drawn Together Exhibition, 2019
• 1st Place, 2nd Place and 4th Place Awards in the Ann Kullberg’s Color Magazine members shows, 2011, 2016, 2019 respectively.
Images

Old Man in a Green Jacket
21.5 x 20 inches
Prismacolor Premier on matte acetate
Own reference photos

Last Train Home
13.75 x 13 inches
Prismacolor Premier on matte acetate
Own reference photo

Rushing Headlong Through Frozen Time
22.75 x 31.75 inches
Prismacolor Premier on matte acetate
Own reference photos

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