2021 Drawing / Printmaking
Through close observation, I render my graphite pencil drawings as detailed and realistic as possible. Without the use of color, my drawings must stand on design and value alone. Opposed to pen and ink, pencil allows me to obtain all of the subtle values ranging from very light to very dark. Charcoal, being very soft, doesn’t allow for fine details.
Like most artists, I have a vision of what I want to draw and must research, photograph and sketch until I have illustrated what I envision.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
My works are drawn in ink utilizing a variety of different pens such as: micron drawing pens, a dip pen and india ink, dry brushing with micron ink, and occasionally a marker or graphite on either watercolor or drawing paper.
I am inspired by the disappearing landscape that is being claimed by urban sprawl. My impressions, of these quiet scenes invites one to linger. By using sustainable materials I am able to help preserve these special areas for future generations. Creating most of my art plein air, (in open air) allows me to respond to the beauty and spirit of nature. There are many mediums that I love to use in layers. Underpaintings are done in watercolor, inks, oils or sometimes acrylic paint, then pastel. Also, I love adding leaf, silver, gold or copper to the background or touches of it dispersed throughout the piece. Please join me on this journey down the path to creativity and joy.
North Branch, MI
“I feel our world has become oversaturated with mass machine made production items. Fine works of art are becoming a rarity as people have left behind the tradition of working with one’s hands. It has taken many years to acquire my skills, a process of learning which is ever continuing. I strive to create works of art that can be cherished by their owner and enjoyed by generations to come.”
Anne Wooster & Steven Peaslee
These monotypes are created using oil based etching inks, plants, Rives BFK paper, and a Takach etching press. Ghost images are layered with inked plants to create an illusion of depth. Each print is a ‘one off’, as the plants are destroyed in printing.