Studio 70 - Candis McKinzie

Category / Medium:  Paintings / Drawings, Archival Colored Pencils- Colored Pencil Drawing

Favorite Restaurant:  Pantry Dos


Candis McKinzie- Santa Fe Sky Art Studio LLC- Colored Pencil Artist

My artwork documents New Mexico’s unusual places, unique beauty & diverse historical cultures. I never run short of the inspiration it provides. 

My intention is to engage viewers, so they can feel the sunny warmth of an adobe dwelling, be encircled by a breathtaking panoramic vista or introduced to ancient cultures & architecture. I am grateful to have the ability to draw & record the rare beauty, atypical history & extraordinary spirit that is New Mexico. 

Working in combinations of plein-air sketches, my imagination & original photos, I draw in a representational style. My media is lightfast colored pencils & fine archival papers. I enjoy choosing from their hundreds of rich colors. I combine them in multiple layers to create specific colors and textures, then use various ways to blend the colors creating a smooth painted look.  It’s very detailed, labor intensive & requires patience, but it also sparks great pleasure & satisfaction. 


Colored Pencil Society of America

American Women Artists

International Guild of Realism

New Mexico Art League

New Mexico Rio Grande Art Association

Northern New Mexico Art and Crafts Guild

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico