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Patti Maher

Medium: Graphite, watercolor

Description:  Simple, elegant images in Watercolor, Graphite, and more

As an artist, I am interested in simple, elegant lines...in shadows and negative space. These are accomplished in pen and ink, watercolor, and sometimes both. These are two somewhat contradictory artistic viewpoints, but both draw me in. In order to achieve either viewpoint artistically, I need to examine the subject matter in more detail, which leads me to a third aspect of my artwork which is more detailed pencil drawing. I find that I need to understand my subject matter intimately. Although I often create my artwork from a photograph it is difficult to gain the necessary understanding if I have never had some sort of experience with the subject matter. As an example, I had a desire to do drawings of ballerinas inspired by the drawings of Degas. In order to accomplish this, I connected with a local ballet studio and requested time to observe their ballet classes. I spent several months observing, taking photos, and sketching live. I spent hours combing through the photos that I took. I'm not much of a photographer, (otherwise I'd be offering up some fabulous photos) so it was incredibly important to combine the photos with my own live observations. The Ballerina study merged elegant musical refrains with the graceful movements of the dancers' bodies which I attempted to capture in pencil, ink, or charcoal. At a Gallery Opening it was very gratifying to hear comments such as "The ballerinas appear to be dancing through the Gallery!" or "You can practically hear the music!" I really can't tell you exactly how this can be accomplished, but I do know that it all needs to come together inside me...I need to hear the music and feel the movement myself in order to tell the story in my artwork. While my pencil drawings are more detailed, I find it very pleasing to reduce artwork down to it's core...whether in simplified elegant pen and ink lines or in bold watercolor strokes, sometimes in monochrome to further simplify. What I'm seeking is the essence of the subject matter. And I don't want to be distracted by the background "noise". I find that the most satisfying pieces are ones which, after completed, look and feel to me as if someone else's hand has accomplished it...as if I am observing it for the first time and it touches me. It is so gratifying when a customer takes a piece of my artwork and holds it to their heart as if afraid someone will snatch it away saying "I have to have this!" It certainly doesn't happen every day, but when it does I know that this is why I am an artist!

Patti Maher

Medium: Graphite, watercolor

Description:  Simple, elegant images in Watercolor, Graphite, and more

As an artist, I am interested in simple, elegant lines...in shadows and negative space. These are accomplished in pen and ink, watercolor, and sometimes both. These are two somewhat contradictory artistic viewpoints, but both draw me in. In order to achieve either viewpoint artistically, I need to examine the subject matter in more detail, which leads me to a third aspect of my artwork which is more detailed pencil drawing. I find that I need to understand my subject matter intimately. Although I often create my artwork from a photograph it is difficult to gain the necessary understanding if I have never had some sort of experience with the subject matter. As an example, I had a desire to do drawings of ballerinas inspired by the drawings of Degas. In order to accomplish this, I connected with a local ballet studio and requested time to observe their ballet classes. I spent several months observing, taking photos, and sketching live. I spent hours combing through the photos that I took. I'm not much of a photographer, (otherwise I'd be offering up some fabulous photos) so it was incredibly important to combine the photos with my own live observations. The Ballerina study merged elegant musical refrains with the graceful movements of the dancers' bodies which I attempted to capture in pencil, ink, or charcoal. At a Gallery Opening it was very gratifying to hear comments such as "The ballerinas appear to be dancing through the Gallery!" or "You can practically hear the music!" I really can't tell you exactly how this can be accomplished, but I do know that it all needs to come together inside me...I need to hear the music and feel the movement myself in order to tell the story in my artwork. While my pencil drawings are more detailed, I find it very pleasing to reduce artwork down to it's core...whether in simplified elegant pen and ink lines or in bold watercolor strokes, sometimes in monochrome to further simplify. What I'm seeking is the essence of the subject matter. And I don't want to be distracted by the background "noise". I find that the most satisfying pieces are ones which, after completed, look and feel to me as if someone else's hand has accomplished it...as if I am observing it for the first time and it touches me. It is so gratifying when a customer takes a piece of my artwork and holds it to their heart as if afraid someone will snatch it away saying "I have to have this!" It certainly doesn't happen every day, but when it does I know that this is why I am an artist!

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