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PatrickHedges 04-08-2010 10:43 PM

Who Are You?
We had one of these introductory threads before but it had gotten too unweildy. So rules for this one, suggested by Rod-Man ('Freefall' on here, who I'm sure will show himself soon enough) introduce yourself with a bit of history of you, maybe a picture if you feel comfortable and maybe your favourite piece of art that you've done.

Please, no other comments as it gets too long. So in other words, each post should be a person introducing him or herself.

If you've introduced yourself before, please feel free to do so again. :)

PatrickHedges 04-08-2010 10:43 PM

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I'm Patrick Hedges, I was born in Uganda in 1960 and have lived in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, England and for the last twenty years in South Australia. I loved them all but would rather be back in Africa. I'm predominantly a scratchboard artist but also love pastels and am trying a few oils too.

This is me working on location at one of my exhibitions

This is perhaps my favourite piece by me up until now

WildVisions 04-09-2010 12:35 AM

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I'll jump in. My name is Cristina Penescu and compared to most folks in this forum, I'm still fairly new to scratchboard, having only done it since age 18/19. I work in acrylics as well, however I find myself doing more and more scratchboard art as of late.

Here's a shot of me next to my large wolf painting, "Perseverance"

It's hard to pick a favorite piece, however I am really pleased with my most recent piece, 'Cautious Observation'. It's an 11x14 pet portrait.

Snuzin Susan 04-09-2010 02:03 AM

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Greetings. I'm Susan Threadgill. I was born and raised in Allegany, NY and I currently go to college at SUNY Fredonia as a digital video production major/art history minor. I've been working in scratchboard since February 2009. I also dabble in watercolor and acrylics.

This is a photo of me and the inventor of Ampersand scratchboard Charlie Ewing (to whom I owe my professional artistic career too :D )

This is an 11x14 board entitled "Soul of a Survivor" Still my fav. piece today, but with my all access pass to tigers I'm sure there are a lot more fun ones in the the future.


annamelia 04-09-2010 04:27 AM

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I'm Judith Edwards-White, a true blue Aussie. I am self taught and started painting with oils, then acrylics and since 2005 have had 16 published paintings, 3 scratchboards and recently commissioned for my fourth. I discovered scratchart in February of 2008.

This is Sally, just one of my favourite boards.

lorna12 04-09-2010 06:21 AM

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Hiya Peeps:wave:

I'm Lorna Hannett, born in Regina Sask., raised in Alberta and moved to British Columbia in 2006. I'm a self taught artist, started in 1996 working with acrylics (my first love), watercolor, graphite, pastels and colored pencils. I started with scratch in 2003 (my new love) and am doing it full time now. I'm an active signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Here I am, warts and all.:D

It's hard to choose a favorite, as each was my favorite while I was working on it and I really enjoyed doing them all but here are a couple that were award winners.

Moonlight Swim 8X10

Tea & Strawberries 11X14

ArtFilly 04-09-2010 09:28 AM

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A Heartful Howdy to All...Although I tryed to post a picture with my intro and informed by auto response that rules state a person has to post a couple of times before allowed to put pictures. Poor Newbie and now waiting "Faceless".
For the sake of getting started my name is Linda Douglas and delighted to be
in this group of great artists. At present I'm retired and refreshing my art skills
since more materials available, as well the techiques are absolutely awesome.
Anyway look forward to learning and likewise meeting many creative people.

ARTMUTT 04-09-2010 11:00 AM

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I'm BethAnn Lubert, born and raised in Broome County, NY. I currently live with my partner Renee and our "kids" 4 rescue dogs and 5 rescue cats. I have been drawing since I can remember and I have been a pen & ink artist since 1987. I also dabble in colored pencil, oils, and within the past year my new favorite medium scratchboard!! I have had formal art training in college but am mostly self-taught. This is me and Penelope
and this is my favorite scratch piece I've done to date.

Rodman 04-09-2010 11:51 AM

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Hello. Everyone just calls me RodMan....( old motocross nickname ) I'm a self taught sign painter, pin-striper, helmet, Harley and custom car painter turned SB artist. Born and raised in Indiana. I'm posting "Filigree and Me" 16X20...& "Cock of the Walk" 36X48. Oh, and "Freefall" comes from the 1,700+ skydives I've made.

GoldenArt 04-09-2010 02:06 PM

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Hi, I am Rick Golden from Lakeland, Florida. I started drawing to learn in nov 2006 when I first discovered WC. I work in color pencils and now I am trying to learn scratch board.

I have included 1. my mug
2. peacock 8" X 10" I think
3. 24" X 36" Powder Mill Hill

Crias 04-09-2010 07:53 PM

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I'm Cathy Sheeter and presently reside in Colorado, but grew up in small town Eastern Oregon. I did my first scratchboards in junior high and high school on the cheap paper boards. Started to get more serious about doing scratchboard in 2004 after working mostly in graphite for several years. In 2008 I entered my first national juried competitions and since then have been pounding many of the big wildlife shows and now moving into the western art arena. I presently work semi-professionally as an artist, but still keep a day job 3 days a week. I am a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists. I hope to be doing my art full time within the next three years :) Scratchboard is my primary medium, but I play in graphite, pastels and color pencils from time to time.

Well I am scrambling for a recent pic that has any relationship to art and came up with this one taken with Rod's Iphone when they were here in Colorado in January. That would be Allan (Aces) who I am sure will check in soon, Rodman, and me. The snow leopard poster in the background was my piece (much blown up in size) and it was used not only for advertising, but also as the cover for the catalogue for the show- which was a huge honor!

And a couple of my recent pieces...
"On The Prowl" - 12"x24"

"The Interrupted Drink" - 20"x16"

Rowey 04-10-2010 08:48 AM

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Great thread!!
My name is Tracey and I work full time as a Physiotherapy Technical Instructor at our local hospital.I love to dabble with my art. I am self taught and work mainly in graphite and coloured pencil and im just really starting out with scratch art. i have only managed a few pieces so far.I would love to be a full time artist but i have a mortgage to pay and 2 teenagers to feed so until then.......
below is my mug shot and my fav work so far.

Diana Lee 04-10-2010 02:22 PM

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My name is Diana Lee. I first tried scratchboard in 1977, but soon after left it behind to be an oil painter, though I did do a board occasionally. I took up scratchboard again, exclusively, 6 or 7 years ago. It is my goal to get scratchboard recognized as a legitimate fine art medium.
I found it difficult to select representational art, but I chose "Homeless, But Not Alone" and "Pewter Pitcher". "Homeless" is not one of my best technically, but I believe it to be my most moving piece. However, "Pewter Pitcher", I think, is technically one of my best.


zibbler 04-12-2010 06:40 PM

Hey all! Been lurking for a while here. I'm a self taught pencil artist. I've done mostly graphite, charcoal and carbon drawings. I've been trying to get into colored pencils for quite some time now, but find it a bit frustrating. The technique is so much different than drawing with graphite. Well, I stumbled across the scratchboard forum here and have been blown away by all the amazing art here! I definitely want to try scratchboard, as it seems like it could be the best of all worlds.... color, black and white etc, and is seemingly more forgiving and workable than colored pencils.

Any tips or advice for an absolute newb to this medium? I have my supplies on order from Dick Blick, and am waiting for a back-ordered item so I can place my order. I am getting several 'cheap' sheets of scratchboard to practice on, and one 8x12 Ampersand scratchboard for when I feel confident enough to do a real project. I also ordered some scratching tools and ink. I already have a couple of exacto knives. Anything else I might need? Any tips or advice for a pencil artist getting into this medium for the first time?

This is a follow up post to my previous one, as I couldn't submit any of my pics until I had at least 2 posts. Anyway, here's some of the previous art I've done.

Here are just a few examples of some of my art, though it's not scratchboard.... yet!

Bob Marley in graphite

Kurt Cobain in graphite, carbon and charcoal

Waxing crescent moon in pastel

This was my first completed colored pencil drawing. I'm now working on a tree frog. Sorry for the bad scan.

Sabarika 04-13-2010 02:36 AM

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I'm Sabarika, born in 1986, lived most of my life in KY before I moved around to Raleigh, NC then to Johnson City TN and now Birmingham, AL. I love to travel and at one point road tripped for a couple years in my old 1990 Buick hearse before I sold it. I have been drawing since I was little and had no real formal training outside of some art "lessons" I took as a kid (the instructor let me do as I please while the rest of class was given instructions). I am now really down about my art because I spent years wasting my time and not using any references or real life to practice and I think it held me back skill-wise so I'm struggling VERY slowly to regain what skills I think I should have and work on realism. I love drawing animals, especially canines, and trying new media..I upgraded from color pencil to markers and LOVE using my Copics, but I also want to try acrylic and I am learning to have great fun with Scratchboard. One day I'd love to be good enough to show my artwork in an art show or even have it put in a local gallery/coffeehouse but until then I'll have to keep working on it..these days I'm lucky to have one or two "finished" pieces a year.

Sadly it seems I am sorely lacking in current photos..

My favorite current art? I really don't have any, I'm highly critical of my work, but I guess I'd say I am fairly satisfied with my first attempt at digital realism using a photo I took of my dog as reference. It's old, a few years back, but still good in my eyes..

jalida 04-15-2010 12:26 AM

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I am Jan Winiarski, canvas name jAlida, from Battle Creek, Michigan, "Cereal City," USA. I have been painting for most of my life, the last 10 years in oils, the last year in acrylics and scratchboard.

I only recently joined Wet Canvas as a member, but I have been browsing the site for a couple of years. With the addition of the scratchboard site, I have been here more frequently trying to get a look at what others have been producing in this medium.

I like to expand my scratchboard subjects to include flora, wildlife, people and scenery. Always a lover of water, reflections and light, I am looking forward to learning and growing in depicting these on scratchboard, as well. What I have seen here is AMAZING!

As of today, I am the only known scratchboard artist in this town, but I hope to change that soon. I will be teaching a scratchboard workshop this Friday at our local community college. This is a fun and beautiful medium. I can't wait to see what we will be able to produce this year!

Here is one of my favorites done a few months ago, a 5" x 7" painted with ink. It is titled, Tiger Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush.

questionman 04-15-2010 11:14 PM

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Hello, my name is Jon Walters and I hail from Kokomo, Indiana. I'm 42, and have art in my genes. I never did anything with it until the age of 40 when I returned to school to finish a degree and had nothing but electives to take. I thought, "hmm...I'll try art".

A co-worker (Freefall, aka Rod-Man) had been raving about scratchboard to me for quite a while. A chance meeting in a craft store eventually led me here.

I haven't completed a fraction of the boards that some of the others on here have, and can't begin to guess how many it would take to achieve that level of expertise.

That being said, I'll post MY favorite board of mine: a week old swan. It's one of my first boards, and I enjoyed doing it.

The first pic will be of my ugly mug, the second of the swan.

questionman 04-15-2010 11:19 PM

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questionman 04-15-2010 11:27 PM

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I'll get back with you on the swan. I keep fiddle farting around with it and can't get it small enough to load up. I'll try again tomorrow.

inkskin 04-16-2010 02:00 AM

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I'm Heather and I haven't posted in these forums in years,lol. I don't remember there being a scratchboard forum back when I did either.

I am a traditional(clay) sculptor turned digital in the last few years and work making toys, collectibles, concept design and theme park attractions. Since going digital my world has exploded with opportunity. My portfolio can be found at www.hlawless.com.
I used to do scratchboard to relax and am slowly trying to get back into it. If I can figure out how to upload an image I will attach one that I made years ago.

It is so great to see how many people are doing it these days and just how talented a group of people you all are!

howardli 04-18-2010 10:26 PM

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Hi, my name is Liz, and I've only done one scratchboard, currently working on my second. I work mostly in acrylics...decorative folk art (my mentor is Maureen McNaughton). I must say I am in total awe of the work that is in this forum, I hope over time I can be just a good as all of you. Here is a picture of myself as well as a couple of my acrylics.


jdesign 05-07-2010 11:11 AM

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I am Jack, who lives near Cleveland Ohio. I am currently a network engineer but I was a traveling airbrush artist during college. I traveled with fairs and worked in malls and then had a store on the beach in Ocean City New Jersey for a few years. About a year or 2 ago I started scratchboarding. I have attached a couple shirts I did in the past and a couple scratchboards

hectorstudio 05-07-2010 12:08 PM

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I am Hector Fernandez. I was born in Cuba, lived in Spain in the early 70s, and ended up in California. Been here since '77. I have been drawing since very young, and took a few classes in college. Have dabbled in pen/ink, oil, acrylics and watercolor. My passion is for scratchboard.

My most recent oil "Beholding Happiness" is attached, and a recent scratchboard "Whiskers" which I had previously posted.

richc 06-30-2010 01:11 AM

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HI I am Rich Cayou of Loveland, Colorado. I was born in 1950 and have never studied art but for the past 12+ years I have been hand cutting and selling two demensional and multiple plain metal art in western and wildlife themes. I am currently trying to transition to scratchboard art and have done one workshop. All help and input on my pieces is greatly appreciated. Here are images of my metal and a scratch piece I did recently.

ccollins 07-12-2010 08:03 PM

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:cat: My name is Cinda, and I'm in central Pennsylvania. I've been doing scratchboard for about 10 years, maybe 11, and am a little scared to post here, because my work doesn't have the same photo realistic qualities as most of the other work I see here. But, I love scratchboard, and I hope I can find a few like minded folks to share with.http://www.cinda.etsy.com

pamelalbd 07-13-2010 01:46 AM

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Hi there! :wave: I am Pam Duncombe and I have been doing scratchboard since 2004 and from the first piece, have been hooked and doing it pretty much exclusively. except for the odd commission piece. I live in Northern Saskatchewan in the boreal forest with lakes all around! I'm very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place!

A couple of my favorite pieces. This last year has been a bust as far as new work goes. I normally get the winter off and use that time to get my boards done but have been working since last may, my art gets put aside :( don't know how you all do it. Work full time and still getting art work done! My hat is off to you! Here's to a more productive year on my part!:crossfingers: :thumbsup:

pandorea 07-13-2010 05:08 AM

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Hi, I'm Christobel (Pandorea) and was first shown scratchboard in 2007. Originally I thought I would not be bothered with it because it looked to be too fiddly. How things change! I am now hooked. I have lived in Adelaide most of my life, having been born in a small country town north of Adelaide, have travelled a bit overseas (Europe Asia Pacific) and now concentrate on my art and garden which is the source of my art subjects. In the photograph I am standing next to my first and favourite piece which also was the first piece I sold at the prestigious Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens Art Exhibition in 2008.

03ahmed 07-15-2010 02:41 PM

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I think it is time to jump in!:lol:

Hi my name is Irfan Ahmed and I am 19 years old. I live in Scotland (the country and that always rains) and I have been doing scratchboard since March 2009 to be exact :lol: I love this medium because of the amount of detail that can be captured with it and I feel that I got to grips with it early on despite some terrible starts. I am so glad that I came across Wetcanvas.

I have also took up acrylic painting too and I am a newbie at that.

In the future I hope to an established wildlife artist!:)

My mug shot! I am a lousy photographer of people.:lol: (Ignore the light switch no one was on hand to photograph me):lol:

An example of my artwork! My Macaws titled 'Living life on a limb' 12x16.

One of my other favourites. 'Midnight Hunter' 8x10 trade piece.

ArtBliss 11-08-2010 05:32 PM

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My name is Linda Crane and I have recently joined WC. What a wonderful community! This is a great forum for me since I love scratchboard and Living where I live, no one else I know works in this medium. I've been looking at the work you all do and I am humbled. I am inspired to start working again in scratchboard. I'll be posting some of my work over the next week or so. Glad to be here.

lorna12 11-08-2010 06:26 PM

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Welcome Linda!
"Living where I live, no one else I know works in this medium."

Join the club!:lol: We are all here to change that.

PatrickHedges 11-08-2010 10:39 PM

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Nearly the same here. There are two of us in this backwater of Adelaide and we are also both on this forum :) Welcome

artofnature 11-29-2010 02:01 AM

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Hi all, my name is Lesley and I live in Victoria, Australia. Have dabbled in other media over the years but love scratchboard now which i have been doing for about 3 months. My fave is a small 5 x 7 board of my daughter Leigh in vintage garb and velvet hat.
and a pic of me!

Crias 12-03-2010 06:42 PM

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welcome Lesley and all you other new members!

LoreneT 01-09-2011 01:06 AM

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My name is Lorene and I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. I have tried quite a few kinds of art but I come back to scratchboard. It is just so elegant and definitely gets rid of my need to overwork things! I am so glad there is a scratchboard forum here now!

This is my favourite scratchboard so far and one of my latest, done for a friend of their recently passed on dog, Chance.

Snuzin Susan 01-09-2011 01:11 AM

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Welcome Lorene! Can't wait to see more work from you!


lorna12 01-09-2011 01:49 AM

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Welcome Lorene!

FoggyMountain 01-09-2011 10:30 AM

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Welcome Lorene! Chance is really nice. Can't wait to see more from you. Lynn

Morris5446 01-12-2011 05:29 PM

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Hey... Morris here. I'll post some of my work when the forum allows me to do that.

stonekat 01-23-2011 07:35 PM

out from the shadows
Hello everyone...

My name's Kathy (...or kat...). I've been 'lurking' in the shadows for awhile,
just thrilled to know there was a 'special' place for scratchboard addicts - there
was time I thought I was alone in 'vice'. I recently 're-located' to semi-upstate
New York, after living for over 30 years in Colorado. I'm a 'self-taught' scratcher,
and have been at it for about 10(?) years. I've only recently even attempted to
take pictures of my 'boards', and will attempt to post some stuff for viewing.

I just want to say that I found a re-newed sense of purpose and excitement
for my love of 'scratchin' when I found this forum. I've not only been awed by
greatly talented artists, but inspired and 're-charged'. I have learned so much
just from seeing/watching/reading/ and appreciating - you have no idea..!!!
or - actually - you ALL probably know just what I mean....Thanks!!!:clap:

FoggyMountain 01-23-2011 07:49 PM

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Welcome kat. I live in Central PA, maybe we're not too far apart. You'll find this formum to be very helpful and informative. I really look forward to seeing your work. Lynn

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