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June 10, 2013

Local artist uses pencil to sketch life

CHICKASHA — Bryan Bramblett began honing his craft at a young age.

When he was about eight, Bramblett said his mother took him to the Mushroom, which used to be an art studio in Chickasha. Bramblett said that these Saturdays are what spurred his interest in art.

Bramblett graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Science and Art Oklahoma. All Bramblett's drawings are done in pencil. His artwork was displayed at the Oasis Studios and Art Gallery May 28 through June 8.

Bramblett's animal and wilderness drawings come from a range of sources, sometimes assembled from posed objects as well as memory.

Bramblett's underwater sketch of a fish with its mouth open, swimming toward the fateful bite of a lure is a good example.

The fish was drawn from a mounted fish, the lure was an antique that Bramblett sketched separately, and the underwater scene was from imagination.

"I use everything I can get my hands on," Bramblett said. One of his drawings feature a sleeping big cat. The pinecone which looks naturally cast aside was actually a pine cone that Bramblett had handy when he was drawing the cat from another source. A stray mouse perches tentatively above the cat. Bramblett often hides extra animals in his drawings.

Even Bramblett's signature is a homage to animals, always accompanied by a big cat paw print. Bramblett said he is fascinated with cat tracks.

In addition to drawing wild animals, Bramblett has also drawn tributes to his pets. He has drawn a picture of Cletus, a former feline friend, as well as Roxy, a past canine companion.

Bramblett likes to capture the natural setting of animals, especially the western and Oklahoman landscape.

Oasis Art Studios and Gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday from 6 p.m. "until the rum is gone."

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