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The Short of It

Mandy Peltier is an artist and instructor who predominantly works in the fine art medium of colored pencil.  Her award winning drawings are known for being photorealistic in nature, and her artwork and tutorials have been published in various magazines and books as well as juried into prestigious exhibitions through the Colored Pencil Society of America, American Women Artists, Ohio Arts Council, Richeson 75, and more. Mandy has achieved her signature status through American Women Artists, she is a part of Ann Kullberg’s SOAR network of colored pencil instructors who travel the U.S. teaching colored pencil workshops, and she is also an art instructor at three different art centers around Northeast Ohio.  In addition, Mandy currently serves as the Membership Director for the Colored Pencil Society of America.  Her desire is to portray her subjects in such a way that they cause the viewer to pause, reflect, and see the beauty in what is too often taken for granted or never noticed, and she hopes her love and excitement for colored pencil is contagious to everyone she talks to!

The Long of It

Mandy Peltier is an artist and instructor who predominantly works in the fine art medium of colored pencil.  Mandy grew up in Indianapolis and was a corporate trainer before her husband’s job moved her around the world for the next ten years.  She is now settled in Northeast Ohio with her husband and three children.  Mandy’s father was a corporate photographer for over thirty years before retiring a few years ago, and he taught her the ins and outs of using a camera.  Mandy grew up assisting him at his side gigs of weddings and senior pictures, so while living overseas with her husband and looking for a transient career, becoming a photographer was a natural, obvious choice.  Mandy was a portrait photographer for a number of years before taking what was supposed to be a brief hiatus in 2015 to focus on bonding and caring for her newly adopted son.  Prior to this hiatus, Mandy had really only dabbled in acrylics and watercolors whenever she had free time to create art.  It was during this break from being a portrait photographer that Mandy tried colored pencils, and it was love at first try!  As a result, Mandy shifted her artistic focus from photography to colored pencil art and has not looked back.  Photography, however, is still a big part of Mandy’s life and has a pivotal role in her creative process, as she prefers to use her own photo references as much as possible.  While colored pencil can be a laborious medium, Mandy loves how detailed one can get with colored pencils, their versatility, how portable and clean they are compared to other media, and their painterly effect.  As a colored pencil artist, Mandy’s desire is to portray her subjects in such a way that they cause the viewer to pause, reflect, and see the beauty in what is too often taken for granted or never noticed.  Mandy’s award winning drawings are known for being photorealistic in nature, and her artwork and tutorials have been published in various magazines and books as well as juried into prestigious exhibitions through the Colored Pencil Society of America, American Women Artists, Richeson75, and more. Mandy has achieved her signature status through American Women Artists, and she is a part of Ann Kullberg’s SOAR network of colored pencil instructors who travel the U.S. teaching colored pencil workshops, and she is also an artist at Stella’s Art Gallery in Mentor, Ohio where she sells her artwork and teaches classes.  In addition, Mandy currently serves as the Membership Director for the Colored Pencil Society of America.  She hopes her love and excitement for the fine art medium of colored pencil is contagious to everyone she talks to!  When Mandy is not creating art or teaching an art class, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, crocheting, sewing, reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, gardening, playing the piano, and tapping her maple tree to make syrup.