Artist creates realism with colored pencils

Gary Greene

Woodinville artist Gary Greene and his new book, with Grace's picture on the right.
Photo by Karen Diefendorf/Woodinville Weekly.

Woodinville artist by Karen Diefendorf
Even with the release of his new how-to book, Creating Textures in Colored Pencil, Gary Greene, CPSA, readily admits he is not a star at home.
   That role is expertly filled by the Woodinville family's basset hounds, Gomer and Grace, well-known for their parts in the annual Basset Bash and other community events.
   In fact, 5-year-old Grace appears on the cover of Greene's new book. She was also recently named the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Grace St. Patrick's Day Parade. "She's a big celebrity now," Greene said. "You can't even talk to her any more."
   The award-winning Greene has an extensive background in art, working as a graphic designer and illustrator and professional photographer for the past 29 years.
   Thirteen years ago, he discovered colored pencils, and since then has created his own photo-realistic style. His 129-page book features 175 illustrations with step-by-step demonstrations of a wide range of textures, from a rose to weathered wood and from shiny metal to a baby's soft skin. Special tricks and advice on equipment and easy-to-do techniques are included in the book.
   Greene has already begun a second book: Capturing Flowers With Colored Pencil is scheduled to be completed in April. He also continues to teach a variety of art workshops. His next class, "Painting With Colored Pencil," will be held Mar. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bellevue Art & Frame. Call 206-453-0127 for details.
   For information, or to order Creating Textures in Colored Pencil, call 788-2211.