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Interview with the artist on prairiemodern site

Group show at Womanmade Gallery: “And You Think That’s Funny”



artist statement


Some years ago I planted a prairie of indigenous wildflowers and grasses.  As the prairie matures I am fascinated by the resulting ecosystem—symbiotic relationships between plants and insects provided magic-filled moments such as a strobe-like light show of fireflies on a warm summer evening or the migration of monarch butterflies in the milkweed. The changing seasons brought changes in design elements of color, texture, shape and line,


This work is inspired by simplified, understated botanical forms. The elegance of shape and line shown in the natural curvature of a  limb, the fragile seeds of a milkweed, or the feathery petals of a flower becomes the dominant element.


With a background in graphic design the computer and digital camera are often my tools of choice for both design and art. These tools are combined with imagery showing evidence of the human hand: hand rendered illustration, ink washes, or a collage of papers. Once these hand drawn elements are digitized, experimentation becomes an essential part of the creative process, finding new techniques to describe the prairie.


process


The process of making these prints starts with a collection of imagery: drawings, watercolor washes, and photography. I creates textures by hand, makes brush drawings, photographs flora and fauna from the tallgrass prairie, and then digitize these images. All of these images are built as multi-layered files in Photoshop.


These works are printed as giclée prints, the highest quality digital print available. This sophisticated process for making fine-art original prints offers remarkable detail with a rich depth of color. By using archival (acid free and neutral pH) watercolor paper and high quality inks the prints test results show a light-fastness rating of over 100 years. The result is a vibrant, densely printed work.