About the Artist

I am originally from Okarche, Oklahoma, and attended Oklahoma State University where I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. I took my first drawing class while at OSU and absolutely loved it…even when I had to draw wrinkly paper bags on charcoal with an eraser.

Since graduation, I have lived in Houston, Texas where I have held jobs from teaching school to running a concrete manufacturing plant…and now I’m proud to say my very own drawing business.

I have been formally trained in drawing from The Houston School of Art and Design and would like to thank Shawn Carson and Charlie Brown for all of their artful wisdom.

Brenda Schiro, Pencil Portrait Artist

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul – and you answer.” ~Star Richés

Personal Experiences

I would like to share a story about my first commissioned drawing. It was for a 13 year old boy, Christopher, whose hero is Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers. I was delighted to draw him and after completion personally delivered it to him. I told him to close his eyes and I held out the newly framed and matted portrait for him to see for the first time.

Christopher, who doesn’t show a lot of emotion, began smiling from ear to ear and his eyes were lit up with happiness. He kept thanking me repeatedly and gave me a big hug. Christopher had an enormous smile on his face when I walked out the door. Sheer bliss!

I guess you can perceive that I receive as much joy drawing the portraits as I hope you will experience in receiving them.

I draw exclusively from photographs and it can take anywhere from 20 to 25 hours per portrait. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email me. I would be honored and privileged to draw a portrait for you and hope that you see eyes that sparkle with soul, too.

Brenda Shiro

Pencil Portrait Artist

Brett Farve, pencil drawing by Brenda

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