​Artist Statement

As a primarily self-trained artist, I have always tried to capture the beauty around me.  Even though my style has realism as a basis, I use colored pencils to achieve a painterly effect.  I have admired so many of the old masters my Italian mother loved.  Their artistry of expertly rendering aspects of life and nature show us what can be achieved if you work hard enough at your craft.  I have used creative outlets like gardening, ceramics, needlepoint and painting murals to express myself even when not creating art.  When creating I feel my soul relax and know I will never learn enough about art to complete my life's journey. 

When creating a colored pencil panting, I use various tools borrowed from the experience I’ve gained from my other media to enhance what can be done with colored pencil.  Using at times 20-25 layers of pencil to saturate each colored pencil painting, it can be a time consuming media.  I work using artist grade colored pencils utilizing only the highest lightfast rated brands and colors.  Layering the color onto archival quality papers and board.  When working on board I am able to seal my work with acrylic fixative and then 8 layers of archival UV varnish.  Enabling me to then frame without glass much like an oil or acrylic painting. 

I'm also exploring painting in water miscible oil paints, no order or harsh solvents for both myself and the environment. Working en plein air (in the open air) and in the studio. If feels great to have a brush in my hands again.

Pulling from the beauty in my own back yard, my goal is to provide the oasis we all need in our hectic lives.  I find the drama of the extreme lighting in late afternoon to be the most intriguing ingredient for my paintings.  The luminescent color of the light through the blossom or in the landscape strikes me with the passion to capture it in my paintings.  Travel inspires me to record our world’s beauty, as well as the human form and emotion is also an influence on my work. 

All Images on this site are copyright of Gloria J. Callahan and are not to be used or downloaded without written permission.

Traveling with my journal helps me remember and document my travels, or just record life's simplicity.