The beautiful ranches that surround Karmel Timmons’ home in Elbert County Colorado became the inspiration for her to pick up her pencil and start drawing horses after a long absence from art. The western lifestyle was never at the forefront of Karmel’s mind as she belonged to a military family and lived in some faraway places. It wasn’t until Karmel moved to Elbert that she first understood why so many people are passionate about horses. After she purchased four horses of their own she was compelled to capture their beauty as well as their personalities with her pencil.
Karmel works exclusively in pencil, although very time consuming, this medium allows her to capture all the detail, textures, and depth of her subjects. Her primary focus is on horses but she enjoys drawing people and wildlife as well.
Karmel has won many awards for her efforts. They include the People’s Choice award for four years running (2005-2008) at the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale in Denver, Colorado and was the featured artist at that show in 2008, the People’s Choice award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale in 2004, and an Honorable Mention at the 2013 ARC Salon. In addition, Karmel recently came a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists.
Publications that have featured Karmel’s work include Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Western Horseman, Eclectic Horseman, Wildlife Art, Australian Quarter Horse and others.