Andrea Placer
Colored & Graphite Pencil Drawings

 Viewing and creating art has given me great pleasure over the years, but I feel a “perfect fitâ€? using the medium of graphite and colored pencil drawing.  Although the process is slow and intensive, it is ultimately, very satisfying.  I enjoy the blending, layering and detailing that allow me to represent extremes of light and shadow, and the subtle gradations in between.  My subjects may be children, flowers, natural objects, and people in outdoor settings.  I react emotionally to them, strive to evoke their mood, and to share  what I believe are universal feelings such as joy, wonderment, and the pleasure of being alive in nature. My drawings, through their visual language, are another means of communicating with people, something, about which I care a lot.

 My work has been juried multiple times into international, national and regional exhibitions, including those of: The Colored Pencil Society of America, Pencil Art Society, Audubon Artists, American Artists Professional League, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Salmagundi Club, Pen and Brush Society, NJ State Senior Exhibitions, Paint the Parks, Manhattan Arts Int'l, Focus NJ, Richeson75 Exhibitions, Hudson Valley Art Assoc.

 2007 - 2016 Honors and Awards
Published in CP Treasures, Vol. IV
Finalist, 2016 Williams Prize in Drawing
2nd Place Graphic/Mixed Media, CLWAC Member's Exhibition
Featured Artist, May 2015 Colored Pencil Magazine
2015 Salmagundi Club "Urban Life" Exhibition - Honorable Mention
2015 CPSA Explore This!11 - Canson Award for Excellence
 2014, 2016 Finalist in Richeson75 Landscape,Seascape, Architecture International Exhbition
2014 Honored with CPSA Signature Status
2013 CPSA 21st International Exhibition - Award for Excellence
2013 Bergen Cty. Senior Exhibit-Honorable Mention
Traditional Art Award, Ridgewood Art Institute
1st Place, 7th Annual Wyckoff Family Y Art Show
2012 1st Place Drawing in Bergen County NJ Senior Show; 2nd Place NJ State Exhibition
Gordon Grant SCNY Award at 2012 Salmagundi Spring Auction
Selection of "Red Rock" by the 2011 Paint the Parks Mini50 Exhibition
Celebrating Bergen County Diversity, 2011, 1st Place DrawingAAPL 82nd Grand Nat'l - Cornwell Award for a Graphic2010 Focus NJ - Honorable Mention, Drawing2010 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Members' Show - 2nd Place Drawing2010 Bergen Cty. "Diversity" - 1st Place Drawing2009 Salmagundi "Portraits" Exhib. - Honorable MentionBest in Show &1st Place Drawing - 2008 New Jersey State Senior Exhibition2nd Place Professional Drawing - 2007 NJ State Senior ExhibitionBergen Cty.Juried Senior Art Show - 1st Place Professional: Drawing, '07,'08,'09,'10Gaelen Gallery 9th Ann. Invitational - Hon. Mention Drawing,2007 & 2008 Focus NJ - 1st Place Drawing, 2007 New Jersey State Senior Exhibition - 2nd Place Drawing, Gaelen Gallery 8th Ann. Invitational - Best in Show, Bergenfield Arts Exhibition - 1st Place Pencil Drawing;  St.Catherine, 1st Place, 3rd Place, Drawing; American Artists Professional League - President's Award; Salmagundi Members Exhibition - Honorable Mention; Bergen Cty.4th & 5th Juried Senior Art Show - 1st Place Professional: Drawing;  - Drawing & Graphics Award; HVAA 74th Ann. Exhib. - Salmagundi Club Award;  

Practice (r)
"Sisters" (above):: Winner of1st Place Professional Drawing, Best in Show,  New Jersey State Senior Exhibition, Certificate of Merit, Salmagundi Club  (Print available) 
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"Fancy Funghi"
Published in Ann Kullberg's CP Treasures, Vol.IV.
Juried into CPSA International, 2015 
"Featured Artist", May 2015 issue of Colored Pencil Magazine


"Zion Mountain Spray"
7 3/4" x 16"
"Elegant Remains"
17"x 14"
Juried into CPSA 25th Annual International Exhibition!!!!!!
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"Canyon Wall Abstractions"
9" x 10 1/2"
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