PLAINVILLE - The pencil artwork of resident Carol Webster will be on display at the Plainville Senior Citizens Center through the end of July, featuring subjects from animals to buildings.
The display, in the office of the center at 200 East St., includes detailed, realistic drawings of birds, carp and lionfish, a family gathered around a fireplace, an elephant ascending a flight of stairs leading to a palace, a Victorian-style home and an antique car in disrepair.
“I have been drawing for a long time; I also paint but pencil is my favorite,” said Webster, who added that she was a member of the amateur art league that once displayed its works on West Main Street.
“I draw everything; sometimes inspired by things I think up sometimes I’ll just see a picture that I want to capture.”
Webster’s drawings are all done on Bristol board, which she said allows her to accomplish realistic lighting and shading. She also aims to create a three-dimensional look to her art.
“If someone is looking at one of my drawings, which is a side view of a camel, I want there to be a sense that there is another side to the camel,” she said. “I like to show depth and try to make the drawings look real.”
Webster said that this was the first time her art had been on display at the senior center.
“It takes me back how receptive people have been to it,” she said. “I thought that because it wasn’t in color people weren’t going to pay attention to it. I’ve since had a lot of people come up to me and ask me to do commissions for them. I’m currently working on a drawing of a geisha for someone.”
A woman who was speaking to Webster at the senior center Thursday, who wished to remain anonymous, remarked that she had commissioned three pieces of artwork from Webster.
“Her work is very clean, very precise, very neat and it’s all different,” remarked the woman. “There is a lot of personality in the animals that she draws.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.