My specialty is custom pen and ink and colored pencil drawings and illustrations of multiple subjects including architectural and anything equine. I am certified in illustration and drawing, and have attended many supplementary courses and workshops to refine drawing skills and media techniques. These include online training from London Art College as well as on-site workshops in Surrey, England; American Academy of Equine Art at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington; Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona, and University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. (Member of SCBWI)

I have experimented with many types of traditional art media including oils, watercolors, colored and graphite pencils, and clay sculpture, as well as computers and electronic media. I enjoy working with color in any medium but I especially enjoy the challenge of working with pen, ink and colored pencil.

Every stroke is drawn by hand. Strong contrasts and gradations in values are achieved through basic and advanced pen and ink techniques. These techniques include stippling, hatching, cross hatching, random lines, and anything else that achieves the artistic result I seek. Ink drawings are completed with traditional and mechanical pens using India ink on high quality drawing paper. The paper is bleed proof and India ink is a permanent ink that does not bleed when dry. These tools and materials provide crisp and bright drawings.

My art studio is in Bear Valley Springs, near Tehachapi, California. I have been self-employed since 1996 as a qualitative research consultant (please see www.datasense.org). Drawing is a wonderful creative outlet for me and I receive great satisfaction in helping clients obtain a unique artistic drawing.

About the Artist - Karen Conger