Lis Zadravec

‘Les Filles de Boheme’


%100 colored pencils (Prismacolors and Bruynzeels) on Canson MiTeintes paper

    Lis Zadravec’s extraordinary and inspirational award-winning artwork, created primarily in colored pencil, expresses poignant human expression. Her subjects reveal themselves with their vulnerabilities and their strengths. The artist’s innate skills are combined with superb detail and composition, masterful treatment of facial features and hands, a myriad of textures, and articulated light and shadow. Her style is reminiscent of the masterful illustrations and paintings of generations past. She demonstrates an uncanny ability to master her medium. Lis explains, “Being from Washington DC is like being a Big Fish in the Biggest pond. Getting noticed is about 100 times more important locally than local shows in smaller towns.” She continues, “The years spent waiting for the world to grasp onto my passion for my media, have been time refining a skill and finding a voice. A voice that gets stronger with each piece.”

EDUCATION:   The Corcoran College of Arts & Design, Wash, DC, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, The American University, Washington, DC, Fine Arts & Design

AWARDS: (partial list)

  • awarded 2nd place in’s National monthly competition,

  • juried into the Wash., DC Hill Center’s Annual Juried Regional Exhibition 3 times, 1st place, Drawing, 2nd place, Portraiture 1st place Mixed Media, at the Annual Women’s Club of Chevy Chase Show,

  • 1st Place in Drawing & 3rd place in Mixed Media at the annual Waterford Fine Art exhibit.

  • A repeating finalist in the areas stiffest portrait competition at ArtSpace Herndon,

  • awarded 1st place, a membership grant and 1-year promotion from Manhattan Arts International’s Her Story competition,

  • juried into Colored Pencil Society of America's Explore This Show three times earning CPX signature member status with CPSA,

  • 1st place in the Kensington Labor Day Show’s portrait category and many, many more awards listed in her full CV.


Solo Shows with the Loudoun County Public library, the Fifth Column and Perry’s in Wash., DC.

Upcoming for 2019: a Solo Show at the prestigious Strathmore Mansion.


PUBLICATIONS: (partial list)

  • Step-by-step chapter in the book Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil”,

  • Article on judges of art competitions for Professional artist magazine,

  • featured artist in Elan magazine.

  • Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists, Featured Artist,

  • Article “Striving for Excellence” published in Ann Kullberg’s blog,

  • Artfixed 45 Artists to Watch, Manhattan Arts International, ArtsyShark and ArtPromotivate websites and local TV. Step-by-step and new product articles in Color magazine,

  • Appeared in CP Treasures, Vol. 5, Hidden Treasures and Colored Pencil Cats & Dogs books.


Present: Independent classes, camps & workshops for children, teens, adults including her own course, “The Fine Art of Colored Pencils” ™ being booked into all prestigious Venues in the metro Washington, DC area, including on faculty at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD. Currently working on a curriculum for home-schoolers, art teachers and summer art camp programs. Past: Art Instructor, classes & summer camps, at rec centres, churches as well as co-founding Crossroads School of the Arts, a Christian School of the Arts; Senior Center, Leesburg, VA, Program Director & Art Director, Camp Jeanne d'Arc, Merrill, NY, also Shenandoah University, continuing education, Ambleside School, K-8.


Colored Pencil Society of America, signature member; CPSA Metro DC Chapter; Coloured Pencil Community of Australasia Inc., Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists; Montgomery Art Association; Loudoun Arts Council; Yellow Barn Gallery, faculty; Loudoun Sketch Club, board and newsletter editor; Over the years I have been a member of the Vienna Arts Society; New Masters Gallery: Archangel Arts; Loudoun CAC, board member.

‘Looking Back’


%100 colored pencils (Prismacolors) on pastel paper

‘Little Wing’


 %100 colored pencils (mostly Prismacolors) on Canson MiTeintes paper

‘I Dreamt Hellfires While You Were Gone’


colored pencils (mostly Prismacolors) and watercolor on Strathmore mixed media board

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