About BJ Kamler

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Detailed drawings have always appealed to BJ. She was inspired to try drawing after her mother learned watercolor in her 60s and became a prolific artist. BJ began by challenging herself with small drawings she found in art instruction books. She started taking lessons from realistic-drawing artists. She has been drawing off and on for the last 19 years but has learned new techniques and drawn more since retiring in 2015.
Learning art has allowed her to observe the world around her in a whole new way. Her images of life and objects are a choice she  makes to explicitly record her visual understanding to a depth and detail frequently overlooked. She tries to combine the science of light and space to give the viewer an opportunity to see more and to enjoy more of what is seen. 
Medias include charcoal, graphite and colored pencils. 
BJ resides with her husband in the St. Louis, MO area. 

Awards and Honors

2022
Missouri Artists on Main

Honorable Mention - Swimming Seal

Soulard Art Gallery Wonderful World of Animals Show
Honorable Mention - Zucca

 

Gallery Ring Pastel and Coloured Pencil Show
Award of Merit - Upper Antelope Canyon

Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Volume 7 - Rainy Day Taxi 

Crossroads Arts Council

3rd place - Rainy Day Taxi

Honorable Mention - Memories in a '64 Chevy

2020

Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Volume 6 -Wrapping Up the Holidays

Inducted into The Best of Missouri Hands organization as a juried artist

Selected as a juried artist for the Richmond Heights Art Fest

2019

Oak Leaf Artist Guild Fall “Golden Moments” Art Show
1st place – Memories in a ’64 Chevy
2nd place – Prickly Pear Bloom

Oak Leaf Artist Guild Spring “Tribute to the Masters” Art Show
2nd place – Missouri Century Farm
Honorable Mention – Vase with Garlic

2018

St. Charles Community College Art Extravaganza
1st place – Zucca