Maria D’Angelo caught our attention with Montana’s Half Moon (above; graphite, 17×12.5), which was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s 27th Annual Art Competition. This drawing was also featured in Western Horseman Magazine.
“My works usually start with a photograph that I have taken and that inspires me, then evolve into compositions in which light against dark and detail are the primary focus. The pencil, whether it be graphite or colored, is my tool of choice because it gives me control, versatility and the ability for fine detail. To me, art is a synthesis of my personal feelings, a subject that inspires me and my materials and techniques. Realism is my primary goal. I want my subject to look as though it will come to life and canter off the paper.” — Maria D’Angelo
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