May 28, 2014

About

Noriko DeWitt

Photo Courtesy of Wendolin Mercado (http://wendolin.com)

Noriko DeWitt is a self-taught award-winning colored pencil artist specializing in portraits, animals and landscapes. Her inspiration springs from a simple desire to create a moment of joy through art. Committed to creating art that evokes a smile and celebrates life, Noriko’s positive approach is evident in her art and she never works on a project while feeling down or frustrated so her work truly reflects the love she feels when creating a piece.

Her artwork has been recognized for its attention to detail, realism and creative composition style. She has been actively sharing her knowledge and techniques through online tutorials and her art classes at Noriko DeWitt Art Studio and McKinney Art House, encouraging and inspiring fellow artists from around the world.  Noriko’s work and tutorials are featured in leading art publications.

Born in Japan, she spent her youth living overseas and traveling throughout Europe and North America. This exposure to different cultures from early in her childhood began a lifelong passion for art and music. She currently resides in Texas with her husband and two children.

All photos shown above are courtesy of Wendolin Mercado.


 

CV

Noriko DeWitt

Born in Japan, currently lives and works in McKinney, TX

Noriko@NorikoDeWitt.com | NorikoDeWitt.com | Facebook.com/NorikoDeWittArt

 

Teaching Experience

  • 2015 – Present       Art Instructor, The Art House of McKinney, McKinney, TX

 

Awards

2017

  • Creative Quarterly Journal No. 48 International Competition, Winner in Fine Art: Professional Category
  • McKinney Performing Arts Center & Arts and Music Guild Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition, The Neil Welliver Nature Award
  • Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 13Chartpak Inc. Award for Distinction

2016

  • Southwest Art Magazine 2016 Artistic Excellence Competition, Top 100 Runners Up
  • North Light Books’ 2016 drawing competition,  Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries!, Finalist
  • The Artist’s Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition, Finalist in the Landscape category
  • Texas Big 10 for Art Competition, Finalist in 0-5 year category
  • MANIFEST Gallery International Drawing Manual (INDA) 11, Finalist
  • Richardson Civic Art Society The 50th Annual Regional Juried Art Competition, 2nd Place in Pastel/Graphics
  • The 31st Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, 2nd Place in Drawing Category
  • The 52nd Annual Collin County Adult Art Show, Best Portrait of Person and/or Animal, and Honorable Mention
  • Visual Art Society of Texas (VAST) 10th Annual 125-mile Visual Arts Exhibition, Merchandise Award – Voertman’s Award
  • Light Space & Time Art Gallery The 5th Annual All Women Art Exhibition, Special Recognition Award in Painting & Other Category

2015

  • Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) ArtSpectations 2015-2016, Honorable Mention in Non-Signature Category
  • The 30th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, 2nd Place in Mixed Media Category
  • The 51st Annual Collin County Adult Art Show, 1st and 3rd Place in Drawing Category
  • January Colored Pencil Magazine Art Challenge, 1st Place in Advanced Category
  • Visual Art Society of Texas (VAST) 9th Annual 125-mile Visual Arts Exhibition, 1st Place in Category III (mixed media, collage, drawing) Jervis and Carmen Underwood Award

2013

  • SoHo Urban Artist Spring Painting Contest, Honorable Mention

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017

  • International Guild of Realism (IGOR) The 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, International Guild of Realism, the Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • Irving Art Association (IAA) The 32nd Texas & Neighbors Regional Exhibition, Irving Art Association, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX
  • Artscape 2017, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, TX
  • McKinney Performing Arts Center & Arts and Music Guild Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition, McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX
  • Explore This! 13, Colored Pencil Society of America, Online
  • Visual Art Society of Texas (VAST) 11th Annual 125-mile Visual Arts Exhibition, Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX

2016

  • Texas Big 10 for Art Competition, Katy Contemporary Art Museum, Katy, TX
  • Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) 24th International Exhibition, the American Art Company, Tacoma, WA
  • Artspace 111: Third Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Artspace 111 Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Richardson Civic Art Society The 50th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition, the Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX
  • Texas Visual Art Association (TVAA) May Flowers Juried Art Show, Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, TX
  • Irving Art Association (IAA) The 31st Texas & Neighbors Regional Exhibition, Irving Art Association, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX
  • The 52nd Annual Collin County Adult Art Show, First Methodist Church Auditorium, McKinney, TX
  • Richeson 75 International Art Competitions: Small Works 2016, Richeson School of Art and Gallery, Kimberly, WI
  • Explore This! 12, Colored Pencil Society of America, Online
  • Visual Art Society of Texas (VAST) 10th Annual 125-mile Visual Arts Exhibition, Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX
  • The 5th Annual All Women Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, Online

2015

  • ArtSpectations, Colored Pencil Society of America, Online
  • Art of the Heartland Juried Painting Competition, Mena Art Gallery, Mena, AR
  • Irving Art Association (IAA) Wildlife & Domestic Animal Juried Art Exhibition, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving, TX
  •  I am, You are, ART7 Crockett Community Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
  • Plano Art Association 125 Show, the ARTS Gallery at Collin Community College, Plano, TX
  •  Irving Art Association (IAA) The 30th Texas & Neighbors Regional Exhibition, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX
  • Unique by Nature, McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX
  • The 51st Annual Collin County Adult Art Show, Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, McKinney, TX
  • Visual Art Society of Texas (VAST) 9th Annual 125-mile Visual Arts Exhibition, Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX

2014

  • Music in Motion, Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, McKinney, TX

2013

  • The 9×12 Works on Paper Show, Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth, TX

Bibliography

2016

  • DeWitt, Noriko, “Keel-Billed Toucan” in CP Hidden Treasures: Volume 3, ed. Ann Kullberg (Federal Way: Ann Kullberg, 2016) p. 10. Print.
  • DeWitt, Noriko, “No More Mean Green: Creating a Realistic Nose Using a Green Substrate.” in DRAW Portraits in Colored Pencil, ed. Ann Kullberg (Federal Way: Ann Kullberg, 2016) p.141-143. Print.

2015

  • DeWitt, Noriko, “Noriko DeWitt” in Colored Pencil Cats & Dogs: Art and Instruction from 80 Colored Pencil Artists, ed. Ann Kullberg (Federal Way: Ann Kullberg, 2015) p.24-25. Print.
  • Colored Pencil Magazine, Back Cover, March 2015. Print.
  • “Colored Pencil Magazine January Art Challenge “Snow Baby” #1501.” Colored Pencil Magazine. Platte Productions Publishing. Web. Feb. 2015.
  • DeWitt, Noriko, “Nature in Colored Pencils.” Ann Kullberg’s Colored Pencil Magazine, March 2015, p. 4-7. Print.
  • DeWitt, Noriko, “Highlight It with Gel!” Colored Pencil Magazine, February 2015, p. 18-22. Print.
  • “Showcase.” Ann Kullberg’s Colored Pencil Magazine, January 2015, p.17. Print.

2014

  • DeWitt, Noriko, “Take the ‘A’ Train” in CP Hidden Treasures: Volume 2, ed. Ann Kullberg (Federal Way: Ann Kullberg, 2014) p. 8. Print.

2013

  • Jerry’s Artarama. “Soho Urban Artist Gallery of Winners: 2013 Spring Painting Contest” Jerry’s Artarama. N.p., Web. July 2013

 

Community Leadership

2017

  • Arts in Bloom Festival Coordinator for the Local Artists, McKinney, TX

2015

  • Second Saturday Arts in the Square Coordinator, McKinney, TX

 

Commissions

2015

  • Public Art Commission, McKinney Historic Home Recognition Calendar, 12”x16” Colored Pencil on Drawing Board, Historic Preservation Advisory Board, McKinney, TX

 

Collections

  • Private collection, Lewisville, TX
  • Private collection, McKinney, TX
  • Private collection, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Private collection, The Woodlands, TX
  • Private collection, Spring, TX
  • Private collection, Bruceville, TX

 

Membership

  • 2017-present, International Guild of Realism
  • 2014-present, Colored Pencil Society of America
  • 2014-present, Arts and Music Guild

 

Featured Publications:

 

Featured Magazines:
Ann Kullberg’s Colored Pencil Magazine, January 2015 – “Take the ‘A’ Train” in the Showcase section
Colored Pencil Magazine, February 2015 – “Highlighted with Gel”, How-to article on White Gel Pen
Colored Pencil Magazine, March 2015 – “雪 -Yuki” featured as the monthly contest winner
Ann Kullberg’s Colored Pencil Magazine, March 2015 – “Nature in Colored Pencils”, Step-by-Step Article

 

 

Featured Books:
Hidden Treasures 2 – “Take the ‘A’ Train”
Cats & Dogs in Colored Pencil – Featured Artist
DRAW Portraits in Colored Pencil – Contributing Artist
Hidden Treasures 3 – “Keel-Billed Toucan”
International Drawing Annual (INDA) 11- Finalist

 

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