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