Art on View – At Water’s Edge: Poetry of Place

At Water's Edge: Poetry of Place, by Jane Petschek

Artist Statement:

My artwork is informed by a strong sense of place and a love of the natural world. I am inspired by landscapes, especially seascapes that evoke memories of Maine where I grew up and southwestern vistas of New Mexico, my husband’s childhood home. When I travel I fill my notebooks with plein air sketches. Later in the studio I use these drawings,together with photographs and memory to create my images. In my art I strive to capture the ‘soul’ or poetry of place to communicate with you, the viewer. I admire the art of Japanese printmakers and impressionist painters.

Printmaking is my primary medium of artistic expression, because I enjoy the intellectual and technical challenges of developing a sketchor watercolor into a fully realized print. Working in black ink on white or cream-colored paper,I can focus on line, shape, texture and value. I am fascinated by the visual effects of light and color in a landscape, but choose to translate color in black and white, using a monochromatic range of values to portray a luminous atmosphere.

Currently I am exploring the processes of intaglio printmaking, where I can draw directly on a zinc or copper metal plate using a scribe, an etchant that eats away the metal, or a scraper to add or erase marks. With a hand-turned printing press, a print can be “pulled” from an inked plate at different “states” or stages of development, which provides a record of the work-in-progress. One of the pleasures of printmaking is the possibility of creating works of art that are one-of-a-kind, or a set of multiple originals in an edition. My goal with my art is to create landscapes that will inspire the viewer to better appreciate the fragility, beauty and majesty of our natural environment.

At Water's Edge: Poetry of Place opens with an Artist Reception on Thursday, October 5 from 5 to 7 pm, which is free and open to the public.  The exhibit is on view through Tuesday, January 2, 2018.