Who I Am
My name is Sydney Croteau and I am a traditional wildlife artist located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Currently, I am attending school at Eastern Washington University with a major in Studio Art – Drawing. My goal is to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Accounting.
I am also focusing on building my portfolio, participating in local art shows, and contributing to the local community through workshops and commissions.
Raye is actually my middle name, not my last name. I chose to use my middle name for my business title because of its simplicity compared to my last name, “Croteau” (not many people remember how to spell or pronounce “Croteau” correctly).
What I Do
I create mixed media drawings of wildlife with an emphasis on photorealism. Each detail is painstakingly captured in my drawings, and I work very hard to ensure that no detail goes unnoticed. My drawings reflect my personality – very clean, organized, and concise. My goal in creating these works is to harness more appreciation for wildlife. By focusing on the details, I imply that the natural world deserves more than just a quick glance.
How I Do It
I work at least eight hours a day (many times even longer), multiple days a week creating artwork and managing my social media accounts (this is during the summer. During the school quarter I do not have this kind of time). I am always driven to be productive and to produce artwork that meets the high standards I set for myself. Without this natural drive, I would not be where I am today. I believe my raw determination and ambition is what has led me to follow the path that I want for myself, rather than the path someone else wants me to lead.