Artist Statement

I am drawn to vast spaces. Skies, in particular, fascinate me. I love watching clouds move across the sky continually changing states, a focused seeing that inspires my creativity.

As the daughter of a geology professor and high school biology teacher, I grew up learning that nature was both explainable and full of magic. I was encouraged to look closely at the natural world and to be curious about what might be under the surface of what I saw.

In 1996 I moved to the Pacific Northwest and began making tonal monotypes inspired by the subtle and evocative light of the region. My intent is to reduce the landscape to essentials, evoking an emotional space that invites you inside while retaining a painterly physicality and surface tension.

The challenge of making a visual and poetic equivalent of the landscape continually pushes me to explore new techniques in monotype. I have specific intentions when I work, but I also respond to what emerges on the plate and intuitively follow the image as it unfolds.

Artist Statement - Wendy Orville