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Quiet Dignity: Art by Claudette Webb

A portrait of three young children in formal wearChelsea, Keelyn, and Kailyn, Prismacolor on Stonehenge paper

Claudette Webb is a traditional artist who works with oil paint, graphite, and colored pencil. Utilizing a self-described “gentle realism,” the artist portrays people, pets, and wild animals with a sense of quiet dignity and care.

A portrait of a woman in close-upArletta, Prismacolor pencil


I really enjoy the feel of Claudette’s Prismacolor pencil drawings. The gallery of these colored-pencil artworks has imagery ranging from family portraits to animal drawings, all of which are rendered with the same soft, realistic yet slightly ethereal quality. The slight texture imparted by the medium creates a very inviting sense of tactility in each of the images, and distinguishes these portraits from photographs.

The front page of Claudette Webb's art websiteClaudette's art website,


In the majority of her portraits, Claudette relies on a basic, monochromatic or neutral background, to keep the focus firmly on the subject. In some works, the artist showcases her subject on a dark grey or pure black background, which creates a really inviting sense of drama even in pet portraits.

A portrait of a mother and child giraffemother and baby, prismacolor pencil drawing

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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