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Custom Line Drawings

Believe It Or Not: Tomasik drew this picture of Louise's cat Ripley from snapshot.Our new wildlife artist Cynthia Tomasik lives in a tiny little town called Bergland that is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The inspiration for her one-of-a-kind original drawings is all around her - in the woods, in the trees, and in the meadows.

She particularly loves to draw birds as you'll see in her collection. When we recently interviewed Cynthia about the subjects she chooses she said, "I love to draw the feathered and furred." The items she has presently featured at our shop are matted and framed and a 5" x 7" original is $55.00. An 8" x 10" is $68.00 (see sample on our gift page).

TomasikCynthia's spouse William is a wildlife photographer, and Cynthia often looks at his inventory of photographs for ideas. The two of them travel around our state offering their works at art shows. Cynthia also has her work featured in several galleries. Cynthia says people flatter her when they ask her where she studied art. She told me she didn't study art anywhere formally; She is self taught and has enjoyed drawing her whole life but only started using technical pens professionally the last twenty years. The ink she uses is waterproof allowing her to highlight and tint with watercolors after she is finished drawing.

Cynthia was asked by a one of her customers if she could draw a portrait of their pet. They had just lost their pooch of 15 years and he thought a drawing of their pet would be a lovely memorial gift for his wife. This request has opened up a whole new area for her. If you would like a drawing of your animal companion, Cynthia requires at least two photographs of your pet and a brief description of how you would like your pet shown. Her 8" x 10" which fits a standard 11" x 14" matted frame is only $200.00. She asks that you allow her two to four weeks to complete the project.  

Louise Dawson
on behalf of the the Naturalists at J.J. Cardinal’s
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PS:  Ripley is so famous he even has his own "blog"!

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