“WALKABOUT ” is a series of 8 compositions of collages that are comprised of my own handmade paper. I also used fragments from a variety of my Original Intaglio Prints, reproduction prints and photographs along with a few hand painted papers that have been cut, punched and altered to create each composition. The collage is sealed with an acrylic gloss medium and mounted on mat board.

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The subject matter of “WALKABOUT” is represented as a bear.  Over the past two years, I’ve been documenting two rescued Kodiak bear cubs living in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield.  I am addicted to recording the growth and development of the cubs (Munsey and Boda) through photography as well as tracking their movements and activities throughout their habitat area.

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(above) Creating a collagraph plate:  An original print will begin with a variety of textured materials.  The materials are arranged in a fashion to create a focal point / focal points, and a foreground, mid-ground, and background.  The texture of the materials often draws the attention of the viewer’s eye, inviting them to touch the surface of the artwork!

(below) Once the materials have been glued into place and coated with white semi-gloss paint to close the pores which assist with a better transfer of the printing inks. Then the collagraph plate is inked, placed onto the Intaglio printing press, RIVES BFK paper is placed on top of the plate and the plate is pulled through the press to create an original Intaglio print.

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The public is invited to explore my art studio on  July 27-28-29,  from 10:00 am-5:00 pm  iMAGiNETHAT Art Studio is #14 on the art tour.  To learn more about all the talented artists on the art tour go to http://www.northwoodsarttour.com.