[Drawing Size:  13-1/4″ x 17″]

Using the Wolfe’s brand carbon pencils to create this drawing was one of my most exciting experiences ever.  The carbon pencil looks much like charcoal on the paper, but is less dusty. The carbon is a very sensuous media. You can actually  feel the color coming off the pencil and becoming one with the paper.

One of the professors at Southwest Texas picked up some of these yucca seed branches as he walked back from home after lunch one day. I fell in love with the texture and shapes so he gave me this one. The little rock I picked up on my birthday in the 1960s when I rode with Dad to check on one of his jobs. On the property his crew was electrifying in the hill country were many rocks that seemed almost to be fossil bones. This one appealed to me and carries fond memories of my dad and his love of nature, so I combined it with the yucca seed pods. Inherent in this drawing are the photorealism and the love of nature and its wonders that pervade much of my thinking and artistic production.

. . . when the mnd discovers undreamed of things,
. . . when the eye is suddenly astounded,
. . . when the ear is overwhelmed by glory.
May this be one of the days
of a new beginning when we seem to see
to the very edge of the universe.
Pam Brown, “Happy Day


A ram’s skull reminds us of the shortness of our own lives in comparison to the history of the world.  Relics like this one were seen along the trails through prairies and barren lands as our ancestors moved from the eastern shores toward the land of mountains, cowboys, buffalo herds, and cattle drives, then on to the Pacific Ocean.  We thus realizes that death was, and is, an inevitable reality.

I selected pen and ink, black and white, to capture this skull and the past that it evokes. This pen and ink drawing is almost a painting.  I used a scrap piece of gray mat board as a surface to capture the remains of this once-vibrant, agile creature. Ink is an exacting medium, but I find it an interesting and appropriate medium with which to capture certain images from the past.  It captures images in a different way than do pencils and other drawing media.

“One essential ingredient
for being an original in the days of copies
is courageous vision.”
–Charles Swindoll