River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson


While visiting with my good friends in Arizona, I wandered their property one morning admiring their beautifully kept yard. I came across this stunning large urn they had tucked into a sunlit corner, and in recreating this scene I just had to add in a trio of lizards warming themselves in the sun. "Suncatchers" is an oil pastel sgraffito. Practiced in Italy since the 1730’s, Sgraffito is an old and beautiful “subtractive” method of creating images by scraping away a surface of medium in patterns and shapes to expose underlying layer(s) of color.

Oil pastel, 7.5" x 11.25" on acid free paper, matted to fit a 16" x 20" frame.