Pencil Artist

About Me

I am a self-taught artist, but I'll always consider myself a lifetime student of art. I hope to never deceive myself in thinking I've reached a pinnacle or ultimate goal in my work. If I ever tell myself that I have finally become all that I can be as an artist, I will deny myself a future full of possibilities.

To me, the essence of being an artist is not about the easy path to a completed piece. It is about discovery and working from a place of uncertainty. Artwork should be malleable and ready for inspiration and change, especially when it is unexpected. From the first pencil stroke up until the last one, the final outcome remains unclear. It seems that with each and every moment of work, I'm taking slow steps forward and faulting steps backward, and never at a pace faster than the art requires.  My art is pure. There is no computer manipulation, no projected composition, and no photographic copy underneath. One line at a time - just pure, hand-drawn art. The rest is from my heart and soul.

I'm a visual messenger. I'll begin the thought, but you'll have to complete the story.


Past Work

A partial list of Publishers and Clients include:

Publishers:

The Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Ballantine Books, Doubleday Publishers, Sierra Club Books, Oxford University Press, Smithsonian Institute

Clients:

Honda, AT&T, Hewlett Packard, Bank of America, Banana Republic, HBO, Nabisco


Awards & Honors

  1. Delta Gallery - Best Of Show Award
  2. PAL, Fall Show at the Firehouse Arts Center - Merit Award
  3. CPSA Art Spectations National Competition - Honorable Mention Award
  4. American Catalog Awards - Gold Award
  5. American Cancer Society Creative Communications - Ace Award
  6. Contra Costa Arts Commission - Masters of Distinction Award
  7. Direct Marketing Creative Guild - Caples Award


Commissions

I am available for Fine Art and Portrait commissions. Please contact my studio at PMagovern@juno.com.