Pueblo is a Strawberry Roan Appaloosa.  This recently finished  commission measures 14x18" and is painted with colored pencils on 4 ply mat board. The reference photos were taken by the client.  Lighting and attitude were a challenge in this piece. I had to work closely with my client to develop an understanding of this horse, especially as I have never met her in person. The other challenge was photographing the art-something I need to take time out to learn properly!

Holiday commissions time! Gift certificates available.

There's still time to commission an original colored pencil painting  for Christmas.  It takes up to 6 weeks to finish a custom portrait.  Or you can simplify, by purchasing a gift certificate, featuring Linus as Santa; "Linaclaws." Full color, one subject, 8x10's start at $450.00.



"Chief" voted 4th place in People's Choice at CPSA Chapter District 119 Exhibition.

Yes, I am tooting my own horn.  I just started to show my work, so can't help but jump up and down like a kid, every time my art is lauded - just can't help it. Though I respect  the expert opinion of the person(s) chosen to judge a show, it's just as important for me to know how my work is viewed by those who attend. When "Chief" was passed over by the judge at the recent CPSA District Chapter 119 Exhibition at Sharon Woods, Sharonville Ohio, I admit I was surprised.  In my opinion, Chief is one of my strongest pieces. So, it's nice to hear that  out of the 270 people who cast a vote, "Chief" came in 4th. Competition is healthy.

Margi Featured Artist on CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America) Facebook page today.

Today I am the featured artist on CPSA's Facebook page: " Today's featured artist is CPSA member Margie Hopkins from Ohio. She has a very interesting website....great bio, shows her process, and her love of animals is evident. One of her portraits appeared on a recent cover of the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association."

What an honor for myself and Meghan Hopkins who created and designed my logo and website.  If you wish to know more about Meghan and her freelance design, go to www.meghanhopkins.com