Artist's Statement


Blake Zoephel’s Artist’s Statement

Light illuminates all form. When I am using metal point, pastel, graphite and charcoal to convey the luminosity of light and the ephemerality of nature, I am trying to create an image that evokes the same reaction that I experienced myself.   My emotional reaction to the world is the central theme to all of my work. Whether it is a nude that has north light gently falling across the skin or a brightly lit landscape with beautiful flowers, light brings all of these things into our consciousness. 

The process of building the illusion of form fascinates me.  Working with color and shading is necessary to bring the beauty and importance of an image is the joy that I find in creating a piece. I want to evoke an emotional reaction from the viewer as they experience the image. The small things that might be overlooked but are still important for us to notice are what excite me. In a molecule the whole world is contained. Illuminating that small piece of the world is my goal.




Blake Zoephel 

Warren, NJ 07059


2012 New York Academy of Art- MFA

Group Exhibitions

2018 New Jersey Pastel Society, Watchung Art Center

2016 Katonah Museum Member Show, Katonah Village Library

2016 Pastel Society of New Jersey, Koether Art Gallery, Honorable Mention

2015 Alumni New York Academy of Art, Studio 7

2013 Silverpoint Exhibition, National Arts Club

2013 Katonah Museum, Portraits

2013 Kamakura Performing Arts Center Gallery, Japan

2012 New York Academy of Art Alumni Show, Studio 7

2012 New York Academy of Art, Thesis Show

2012 Putnam Art Center, Best in Show

2009 Art into Life/Life into Art, Pen and Brush Club

Books and Exhibition Catalogues

2015 The 2015 Winners’ Catalog, The Artist for Artists Project

2013 The Silverpoint Exibition, compiled by Sherry Camhy

2012 Thesis Catalogue for the New York Academy of Art


2012-2019 Substitute, Art Students League of New York

2016-2019 Substitute, New York University, Tisch Drama School,


2015 Substitute, New York University, Tisch Film School, Life Drawing  

for Animators

2012 Substitute, School of Visual Arts

2010 Guest Lecturer, Art Students League of New York