Pat Averill considers herself primarily
self-taught, although she has attended an array of workshops and
seminars on oil, watercolor, and colored pencil. She considers the
way she figuratively "inhales" the colors, values, and shapes she
observes around her to be an integral part of her artistic process.
To her, the creation of art is based on a combination of life
experiences and the artist's reaction to the subject matter. Pat is
a charter member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and she
has won numerous awards in juried international competitions for
her work in colored pencil.
Debra Kauffman Yaun discovered that she had a
knack for drawing people when she was a young girl growing up in
Tampa, Florida. After graduating from the Ringling School of Art
and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Debra worked as a fashion
illustrator. She has drawn and painted many commissioned portraits,
several of which have been of children--her favorite subject to
draw. Debra's artwork has been published in several art magazines
and books, and she has won numerous awards, including an
international award. She is a signature member of the Colored
Pencil Society of America, having served as president of the
Atlanta chapter, and she is a juried member of the Portrait Society
of Atlanta. She also enjoys teaching classes and workshops in
portraits and colored pencil.