Mary Florence Lee
Though I dabbled in art most of my life, it wasn't until I retired from teaching that I started to take painting and drawing seriously. Over the years I had done some pastel. Watercolor became my first interest both in Kentucky and here in Florida in winters before moving permanently.
When I discovered colored pencil at a meeting of CPSA 117 at the library, I was fascinated with what is possible to create with a simple pencil! I took some classes locally and workshops at national conventions. I have tried different papers and pencil types. Most of my recent work has been of animal life. I have also tried combining different mediums with colored pencil, mostly watercolor and pen and ink.
I feel that colored pencil is gaining acceptance as a serious art form and that there is so much to learn from fascinating artists in this field. Our pencil artists are very open to new ideas and sharing techniques - it is never dull and there is always that next project I'm anxious to start."
When I'm not working with colored pencil, I am painting en plein air. But even there I am experimenting much as I do with pencils, having worked in pastel, watercolor, oil and acrylic. Am still trying to find a way to use pencil en plein air with a reasonable speed......watercolor pencils and a waterbrush?