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American Artist...... Gemma Gylling

 

Growing up on a small ranch in Southern California, Gemma Gylling developed her love of nature, animals and creativity.  Gemma currently lives in Valley Springs, California with her husband, Bill and their two dogs.

An avid traveler, Gemma thrives in locals that allow her the opportunity to photograph the wildlife.  In addition to most of the United States, Gemma has also traveled to Costa Rico, Alaska, South Africa and Canada.  Many of the reference photos Ms. Gylling uses for her paintings are from her Wildlife Safari trip in South Africa.

Gemma, a member of Animals for Conservation, pledges a portion of her sales to Animal Conservation groups including PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) and the National Wildlife Federation. Gemma volunteers as a Docent for the Lions and Elephants at the PAWS Sanctuary in San Andreas, California.

Working with dogs is more than an artist passion for Gemma as she competes in Obedience trials, shows her own dogs in conformation; and assists a professional dog trainer with his clients in the performance arena.  Harlow, Gemma’s Rottweiler, has her CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) and is working on her Utility title.  Cage, Harlow's pup, just started in Obedience and is being shown in the conformation ring.
 
After years of experimenting in oils and studying under the well known artist, Edgardo Garcia, Gemma realized her artistic potential.  Painting in oils portraying tranquil wildlife and nature occupied her interest for years. Gemma then became interested in the colored pencil medium and began participating in workshops from several well known colored pencil artists. She developed her colored pencil technique to create a photo-realism quality. Applying several layers of color with pencil allows Gemma to simulate the look of an oil or acrylic painting. Known for attention to detail and exquisite skill with colored pencils, Gemma’s work is enjoyed by many animal art collectors. More often than not she hears the comment "I can't believe this is done with colored pencils".

Gemma teaches Colored Pencil Workshops throughout the US, including classes at University of Pacific.

Gemma's other passions include seascapes in oil, wildlife photography and creating stained glass windows. Clients are also able to purchase Limited Edition Prints of her Animal Art and Oil Paintings.

Gemma now has a new book out titled: CP Cats, a Complete Guide to Wild & Domestic Cats in Colored Pencil. She also recently relelased a Craftsy, online video course titled; Pet Portraits in Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil Techniques for Wild Animals.


Group Shows

 

50th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition - Placerville Arts Association 2016
Colored Pencil Society of America 24nd International Exhibition
Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - December 2015
Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Animals Exhibition 2015
Colored Pencil Society, Chapter 210, 4th Annual Exhibition, Explorations in Colored Pencil, 2015
Light Space and Time - Nature Art Exhibition - August 2015
49th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition - Placerville Arts Association 2015
Artists for Conservation 8th Annual International Exhibit of Nature in Art, September 2015
Society of Animal Artists 55th Annual Exhibition, 2015
Artists for Conservaton 2014-15 Gallery Tour -

    -Buckhorn, Ontario, August, 2015 - Details TBA
    -Alvin Sherman Library Gallery, Nova Southeastern University, May, 2015
    -Miramar Cultural Center, April 2015
    -Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, January 2015
    -Christmas Show at OpenRoad Infiniti, December 2014
Artists for Conservation 7th Annual International Exhibit of Nature in Art, October 2014
Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Animals Exhibition 2014
Colored Pencil Society, Chapter 210, 3rd Annual Exhibition, Explorations in Colored Pencil, 2014
Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - August 2014
Colored Pencil Society of America 22nd International Exhibition
Artists for Conservation: One Brushstroke at a Time Exhibition, May 2014
Lodi Community Art Center's 54th Spring Art Exhibition, 2014
Linus Galleries, Animal Exhibition - February 2014
Light Space and Time - All Photography Art Exhibition - February 2014
Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center -2013 Photography Exhibition
Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - October 2013
Colored Pencil Society, Chapter 210, 2nd Annual Exhibition, Explorations in Colored Pencil, 2013
47th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition - Placerville Arts Association 2013
AFC Annual Exhibition - Artists for Conservation, Virtual and Live Exhibition 2013
14th Annual FMP Members Exhibit
Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center -2012 Photography Exhibition
Colored Pencil Society of America 21st International Exhibition
46th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition - Placerville Arts Association 2012
Colored Pencil Society of America 20th International Exhibition
7th Annual Sacramento Fine Arts - Animal House, Juried Show, 2012
Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center -2011 Photography Exhibition
Placerville Art Association 2011
Artists For Conservation Annual Juried Exhibition 2011
Colored Pencil Society of America 19th International Exhibition
12th Annual FMP Member Exhibition
Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - March 2011
Ironstone Vineyards 14th Annual Spring Obsession Art Competition
22nd Annual Delicato Vineyards Fine Art Show
Explore This 7 Exhibition - Colored Pencil Society of America
44th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition - Placerville Arts Association 2010
Artists For Conservation Annual Juried Art Exhibition 2010
Judith Ryan Williams Nature / Wildlife Art Exhibition - St. Augustine Art Association
Western States Horse Expo 2010
11th Annual FMP Members Exhibit
Photographer's Forum Magazine's - "29th Annual Spring Photography Contest"
Canine Art Guild - "The Company Dogs Keep" Online Exhibition
International Guild of Realism's Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition, Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL
Colored Pencil Society of America 16th International Exhibition
9th Annual FMP Members Exhibit
International Guild of Realism, Leading Masters of Contemporary Realism Exhibit
Canine Art Guild - Artist's Best Friend Online Exhibition
8th Annual FMP Members Exhibit

Carriage Factory Gallery - Man's Best Friend Show
Colored Pencil Society of America 14th International Exhibition
7th Annual FMP Members Exhibit

Colored Pencil Society of America 13th International Exhibition
6th Annual FMP Members Exhibit
5th Annual FMP Members Exhibit
Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Bold Expressions

4th Annual FMP Members Exhibit
California State Fair, Big Fun!

3th Annual FMP Members Exhibit


Awards & Accomplishments

 
Best in Show - 50th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition - 2016
Artist of the Month - December 2015 www.artistsofthemonth.net
Special Recognition Award - Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - December 2015
First Place, CPSA - DC210, 4th Annual Exhibition, Explorations in Colored Pencil 2015
Honorable Mention - CPSA, DC210, 4th Annual Exhibition, Explorations in Colored Pencil 2015
Honorable Mention - 49th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition - 2015
Painting & Other Award 4th place - Light Space and Time - Nature Art Exhibition - August 2015
Overall Winning Artists, top 10 - Light Space and Time - Nature Art Exhibition - August 2015
Best in Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Animals Exhibition 2014
2nd Place, CPSA, DC210, 3rd Annual Exhibition, Explorations in Colored Pencil 2014
Overall Winning Artists, top 10 - Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - August 2014
Special Merit Award - Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - August 2014
Honorable Mention, Painting & Other - Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - August 2014
Special Recognition Award - Light Space and Time - All Photography Exhibition - February 2014
Third Place - Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center -2013 Photography Exhibition
Special Merit Award - Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - October 2013
1st Place, CPSA, DC210, 2nd Annual Exhibition, Explorations in Colored Pencil
Honorable Mention, CPSA, DC210, 2nd Annual Exhibition, Explorations in Colored Pencil
People's Choice Award - 46th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition
Award of Excellence - 46th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition
Signature Merit Member - Colored Pencil Society of America
Juried into Strokes of Genius, Best of Drawing 5, published by North Light Books
First Place - Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center -2011 Photography Exhibition
First Place - Animal Category - Placerville Art Association
Second Place - Animal Category - Placerville Art Association
Third Place - Animal Category - Placerville Art Association
People's Choice Award - Placerville Art Association
Juried into Strokes of Genius, Best of Drawing 4, published by North Light Books
Honorable Mention - 12th Annual FMP Members Exhibit
Special Recognition - Light Space and Time - Animals Exhibition - March 2011
Second Place Winner CP Division - Western States Horse Expo 2010
Signature Member - Artists For Conservation Foundation
Best of Wildlife - International Guild of Realism 4th Annual Exhibition - Weatherburn Gallery
Signature Member - Colored Pencil Society of America
Best of Figurative - International Guild of Realism - Leading Masters of Contemporary Realism Exhibit

Best in Show - Carriage Factory Gallery - Man's Best Friend Show
Honorable Mention - 7th Annual FMP Members Exhibit

Second Place - 6th Annual FMP Members Exhibit
Best of People's Choice Award - 6th Annual FMP Members Exhibit

Award of Merit - California State Fair, Big Fun!

 

Publications

 

Artowk Featured in Color Magaizine - April 2017 Volume 208
Art Journey Animals - North Light Books 2016
The Pencil Box - December 2015, Colored Pencil Pusher
The Showcase - November, 2015 Issue, Color Magazine
Sharpened Artist Podcast Interview
Artist for Conservation Exhibition 2015 Publication
Gemma's own online video Class; Colored Pencil Techniques for Wild Animals! Produced by Craftsy
Gemma's own online video Class; Pet Portraits in Colored Pencil! Produced by Craftsy
Gemma's own book! CP Cats; A Complete Guide to Wild and Domestic Cats, in Colored Pencil
Artist for Conservation Exhibition 2014 Publication
Artwork featured in CP Treasures Book, Vol. III - Colored Pencil Masterworks from around the Globe.
Artwork featured in CP Treasures Book, Vol. II - Colored Pencil Masterworks from around the Globe.
Artwork featured in an article in the Mountain Democrat, August 11, 2013
Pencil Artist of the Week - Studio 602, Exploring Creating in Music and the Arts, July 2013
Artist for Conservation Exhibition 2013 Publication
Artwork featured in Sessions with Colored Pencil Masters, Home Study Course, by Sandra Angelo
Artwork featured in Strokes of Genius, Best of Drawing 5, published by North Light Books
Artist for Conservation Exhibition 2012 Publication
Artwork on the cover of the July, 2012 issue of the CP Colored Pencil Artists Magazine
The Showcase - May, 2012 issue of the Colored Pencil Magazine
Artwork featured in CP Treasures Book - Colored Pencil Masterworks from around the Globe.
The Showcase - August, 2011 issue of the Colored Pencil Magazine
Artwork featured in Strokes of Genius, Best of Drawing 4, published by North Light Books
Colored Pencil Artists and Lovers on Facebook - Featured Artist July, 2011
The Showcase - May, 2011 issue of the Colored Pencil Magazine
The Showcase - February, 2011 issue of the Colored Pencil Magazine
Artwork on the cover of the first edition of Colored Pencil Magazine
Featured in an article in the first edition of Colored Pencil Magazine
Signature Showcase published by CPSA
Artist for Conservation Exhibition 2010 Publication
The Showcase - July, 10 Issue, FMP Magazine
Artwork Featured in Art Supply Warehouse Catalog 2010
Artwork Featured in Jerry's Art Catalog 2010
Artwork Featured in the book titled "Great Dogs Amazing Artists" published 2009

Photographer's Forum Magazine's - Annual "Best of Photography" Book
Featured on the Cover - August, 09 Issue, FMP Magazine
Artwork Featured in a book - Colored Pencil Secrets for Success
, By Ann Kullberg
The Showcase - May, 09 Issue, FMP Magazine
Featured in an Article - April, 09 Issue, FMP Magazine

Featured on the Cover - August, 08 Issue, FMP Magazine
The Showcase - August, 08 Issue, FMP Magazine
The Showcase - January, 08 Issue, FMP Magazine

The Showcase - June, 04 Issue, FMP Magazine
The Showcase - September, 04 Issue, FMP Magazine

The Showcase - July, 02 Issue, Ann Kullberg's FMP Magazine


Memberships

 

Colored Pencil Society of America - National Board Member (Past, 7 years) and Signature Member
Colored Pencil Society of America, District Chapter 210
Society of Animal Artists - Juried Membership
International Guild of Realism - Juried Membership
Artists For Conservation, Worldwide Nature Artists Group - Juried Member & Signature Member
Performing Animal Welfare Society - Gemma is a Docent to the Lions and Elephants
Animal Defenders International - Volunteer
Placerville Art Association
Pencil Art Society


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Within this site you will find Art done in Colored Pencil, Graphite Pencil, and Oil. Enjoy viewing Gemma's Dog Art and Dog Portraits, Wildlife Art, Animal Art, Landscapes and Seascapes. The animal art created includes: lion, lioness, lion cub, cub, raccoon, hippo, panda bear, mountain lion, canadian lynx, canadian linx, lynx, rottweiler, bullmastiff, basset hound, golden retriever, english bulldog, bulldog, boxer, newfoundland, newfoundland lanseer, great dane, portuguese water dog, yorkshire terrier, yorkie, wolf, ostrich, cougar, bobcat, bobcat kitten, amur leopard, leopard, zebra, cat, longhaired cat and abyssinian. All images © Gemma Gylling. Do not use without written permission of the artist.

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