I have long appreciated wild places and creatures, but my art work has given me even greater regard for the design and diversity of nature. Painting a landscape or drawing a bird forces me to observe much more keenly a familiar creature or place. I wrangle with what is the most essential information to convey, and — just as important– what to leave out or merely suggest. I take a 3-dimensional subject, render it in two dimensions, and hope that the final product conveys a fourth dimension.
Stephanie Martin is a painter and printmaker living in California. Stephanie’s recent series of intaglio etchings depicts the flora and avifauna of her native landscape. She sketches birds and nests at regional natural history museums, and finds botanical subjects in local gardens, farms, and wildlands.