Stephanie Martin Artist Statement
Etchings by Stephanie Martin
I've been described as obsessed with nature, and will not argue with that label. For the past ten years I have been dedicated to portraying some of the ephemeral treasures of our California coast, especially our birds and plants. With each sketch, I learn something new about my subject; time slows down, and I can become lost in wonder.
Etching is a perfect medium for me. It allows me to create delicate lines, use the aquatint process to make fine tonal areas that almost look like watercolor, and make striking marks and textures. It is a long, challenging and vexing process, involving copper, acid, scribing and burnishing tools, a press, powdered rosin, heat, ink, and paper. Not all etchings cross the finish line. I figure that if it were easy, it wouldn't be worth doing.
Some of the newer pieces in this exhibit are illustrations for my husband Orin's book on fruit trees. See if you can find them. Many thanks to Stripe (Suna, Dana and staff) for hosting local artists in this beautiful venue.
Join us in welcoming Stephanie Martin as our First Friday artist for the month of December!
December 1, 2017