Kenneth Woodworth

Kenneth D. Woodworth

"In my paintings, I hide symbols and place objects where they are not normally associated."

Pencil artist Ken Woodworth describes his work as "realistic surrealism." He works from his studio in California, where he also collects and keeps Japanese show Koi in his personal ponds. His love of Koi is the inspiration for his artistic series "Koi Kichi," which means "Crazy for Koi." Woodworth's love of Koi is so great, he shares his vision of these fish in many settings, including botanical gardens, building materials, and even outer space.

Woodworth chooses colored pencil for his paintings for its ability to depict detail and precision. The width of a pencil, when sharpened, is but a small point. He uses that small point to cover the paper canvas not once, or even twice; each of his paintings contains at least four layers of colored pencil. Some paintings require many more layers. As a result, the color in Woodworth's paintings is rich, and the detail is extremely refined.

Woodworth has been practicing colored pencil for forty years. He is self-taught and has taught classes on the methods he has refined.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
CPSA International Exhibit of Colored Pencil, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Georgia, 2009
Expressions Juried Art Show, Tracy, CA, Tracy, California, 2005 - 2009
Pasos Vineyards Summer Show, Lockeford, CA, Pasos Vineyards, 2009
Woodbridge Art Annual and Juried Show, Woodbridge, CA, Woodbridge Winery, 2005 - 2009
KVIE Art Auction, Sacramento, CA, On Air, Northern California, 2007 & 2006
Juried Fine Arts Competition, Sacramento, CA, California State Fair, 2007, 2008