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Gene Rivas is a retired aerospace engineer who draws and paints for a hobby. He uses Neocolor II and Lyra Aquacolor Crayons, and Prismacolor, Caran d’ache and Lyra colored pencils. His works are rendered on Canford Drawing paper or Cold Press illustration boards. He works at his home studio near Seattle, Washington, in the northwest corner of the United States. Selling his art is not a primary concern, but enjoys working with those he does portraits of, and working with models who inspire his art work.
Self taught, he never attended an art school, but was inspired by his family art on techniques, beauty and colors. He typically works with photographs he takes of his subjects. Gene was born and raised in Lynwood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, where he met his wife.

Working on “The Model with the Golden Shoes”.