Sacred Heart Portraits by Tonya Butcher
Welcome to my online portfolio. My name is Tonya Butcher and I am an artist utilizing graphite, charcoal, watercolor and pastel. I'm excited to share my work and my story with you! I invite you to take a look around to see some of my latest projects and learn more about my background and creative influences.
I recently decided to try using Espresso as paint and I am loving the warm effect. It is a medium that has a unique quality and beautiful honey toned glow. It gives the effect of age and evokes an old world feel. This painting is a work in progress of a beautiful ballerina leaping. The setting she is in happens to be a very aged and historic location called Chatham Manor located in Fredericksburg VA. Making espresso the perfect medium for this painting.
More paintings currently in the works... Photos to come soon.
Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick or pencil, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation.
The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process. Pastel is my absolute favorite medium as it allows the color to be mixed on the canvas itself and the color does not change - It does not need dry time. Click here to see more of my pastel paintings.
I recently ventured into a wet medium and watercolor seemed to be a great place to start. I am having the best time experimenting with this medium.
I enjoy using graphite for portraits as I use a full range of values of graphite to obtain the fullest degree of contrast. One of the greatest challenges in obtaining a large contrast is avoiding the shiny nature of graphite as it builds up. I have found a wonderful graphite pencil that has overcome that challenge and it can be layered without the sheen. This allows me to obtain a deeper level of realizm in my portraits. Click here to see more of my graphite drawings.
Graphite & Charcoal Drawings
Another one of my favorite mediums. Graphite & charcoal has an essence of earthly elegance that is unparalleled by any other medium. The simple texture adds so much interest and depth of the piece. Click here to see more charcoal drawings.