Gloria J. Callahan, CPSA

Posted by Jenni Kirby - December 18 2018

Colored Pencil Painter


Some artists talk of the fear of the blank white surface but Gloria finds an excitement in it.  The white of the surface enables her to create lovely translucent layers of colored pencil to lend shape, color and form to nature’s beauty. The slow methodical process of over 20 layers gives her paintings saturated images not usually associated with colored pencil.  Gloria says discovering and falling in love with the control, detail and realism which can be achieved with colored pencil satisfies her creative hunger".

Gloria uses Artist Grade - Lightfast Archival Pigmented pencils to produce fine art paintings on hardboard panels, which are varnished and framed like other fine art paintings.  Because of this archival finishing and her style, Gloria’s colored pencil paintings have been said to resemble oil or acrylic paintings.  She enjoys teaching her techniques to students in her home studio in Powhatan, VA.

A recent accepted member of the International Guild of Realism, Gloria is also a Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, having shown her work in 4 of their International shows. Her work has been published in the North Light Book “Strokes Of Genius” Vol. 6 and various other publications, like Colored Pencil Magazine.  Exhibiting in juried shows at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and Salmagundi Club in NY, and various galleries in VA, MA, GA, WA, CA and DC. 

Gloria is one of very few colored pencil artists who work "En Plein Air" (in the open air), to create finished paintings on location.  This love of direct observation informs my sense of color as well as my infatuation with light.  She also paints in water miscible oils when speed is necessary to capture a moment or scene for later study. ~

Gloria Callahan, CPSA
Studio: 804-239-5066
1925 Norwood Creek Drive
Powhatan, VA 23139



Gloria is available for  commissions and collaborations and workshops.