In examining the nature of drawing, one returns to the root of drawing. And in the genesis of a drawing life or career, one is usually captivated by a season or two (at least) of drawing nature. It provides for us every geometric form, nearly every color in every tone, and every conceivable imagination. In the Florida Keys, I was struck with the world of anemones – in the Arizona desert, with the world of night crawlers. There is simply no end, and it is why we must stay true to trying to capture nature in our drawings, it will absolutely guide us to our most true selves.
Artists working primarily in nature tend to be a certain breed. They are stereotypically purists which we see when we observe the balance of a piece. For a naturalist, or a nature lover, there is almost always a sense of the drawing within a context of a greater environmental whole. Drawing Nature is no different. As impossible as it would be to ever give a sufficient representation of line styles and aesthetic implications, within the core of the drawings featured in our gallery there exists a spark that could recognize itself within neighboring works.
We are so grateful to the artists participating in this art exhibition of nature-inspired pieces, particularly as we viewed them from the austere winter of Connecticut where we were reminded that yes, spring will be here again shortly. Our submissions this month came from Pennsylvania, New Orleans, New York, California, Montana, New Mexico, Florida, South Dakota and more. Notably, only two men bravely entered a field largely dominated by women artists. I’m always taken aback when that occurs in the fields of botanical illustration and natural sciences illustrations.
Sacrosanct Gallery truly hopes you enjoy the nature showcase below and we stand ready to help you connect with our featured artists, or assist you in your overall art endeavors as we ALL seek to draw nature. In March 2019, we will be featuring works on the human form in figure drawing. Artists are always invited to join in by connecting with us on any of our platforms. We open with Jade Lowder’s “Connect Dammit” as a broad interpretation and invitation to the world of nature drawing as metaphor with ample green duct tape binding us to interiors and indoors. Each artist’s information is located under their first respective image, which may or may not be followed by additional examples of their work.
, Jade Lowder Connect Dammit 1, 2, & 6 series. Montana artist Lowder was born on a reservation. He received his BFA in painting from Montana State University in 2012 and his MFA in painting from Washington State University in 2015. While attending both programs, Lowder connected with many of his fellow classmates creating collaborative efforts that have gone on to host gallery shows, experimental shows (such as a Drive-Thru Art Gallery and 24 hour exhibition), living room shows and figure drawing groups. His latest solo exhibition, Make Sense, was an exploration of space, pop-culture, and identity. Most recently Jade served as a One Year Sabbatical replacement for a full-time painting faculty and was able to participate in the School of Art Study Abroad Program in Italy. Currently, Jade resides in Bozeman where he teaches Drawing and Painting at Montana State University and continues to make work and seek out new and exciting exhibition opportunities. Lowder writes, “The three drawings I sent you were completed while traveling in Italy. The pieces act as a metaphor of the struggle to connect to a place. I would physically attach myself to locations with tape and in the cases of the drawings to my hotel rooms as a way of representing this struggle in an absurdist way.” IG @jadelowder
Jade Lowder, Connect Dammit 2
Jade Lowder, Connect Dammit 6
, Heidi Eitreim Eastern Chipmunk. Curator Shauna Lee Lange found Heidi’s works on Instagram as yet another Montanan artist. Heidi writes, “I received a sweet message on one of my Instagram posts, referring me to this gallery for February’s “Nature” exhibit… I’m currently a stay-at-home-homeschool mom (of four) who recently reignited my passion for drawing/illustrating when I started teaching my children about keeping a nature journal. I’m submitting three of my favorite entries from that particular journal. I love to use watercolor pencils, a little gouache, and a fresh Micron pen. I have a BA in art, with an emphasis in graphic design. Though I feel like I Iive my life in a very visual way, through keeping my home, photography, and school projects with the kids, I’m thankful for a reason to put pencil to paper again. I hadn’t realized how much balance using this gift actually brings. Thank you for this opportunity to share and encourage.” IG @withheidijoy
Heidi Eitreim, Norway Spruce
Heidi Eitreim, Eastern Bluebird (Male)
, Eve Wood Heart Flock (2018). Wood holds a BFA and MFA in Visual Art from California Institute of the Arts as well as her mFA In English/Creative Writing from the University of California Irvine. Her writings have been hosted by a wide array of magazines and literary art journals. Eve is also a visual artist, critic, and writer and has been teaching at CSUN for five years. She considers her Art 315 and Art 305 classes fun, challenging, and (hopefully) inspiring. Her visual art has been exhibited at Susanne Vielmetter, Western Project, Angles Gallery and many more. IG @evewoodla
Eve Wood, Transitioning (2019)
Eve Wood, The Kiss (2016)
, Dorothea Osborn Choices. Our central show image is in three panels: each graphite on mylar enclosed in plexiglass. Each 16″ x 9″. Osborn is a New Yor artist with explorative works in the interrelationship between invention and memories of real life (experiences, landscapes, nature, literature, the Anthropocene). She was recently selected to be an artist in residence at Chateau D’Orquevaux and will be there in the Spring of 2019 working on paintings and drawings. She is also currently showing work in North Adams, MA from January-April 2019. IG @dorotheaosborne
Dorothea Osborn, Species
Dorothea Osborn, Home
Laurie Maves Guglielmi, She Made Wind-chimes (2018), Mixed media on nylon, 36”x44”. This painting is part of a monochromatic series of abstract intuitive paintings focusing on the meditative nature painting provides while creating. Painting in Florida solitude with eyes closed, Maves is finding a truly deep and meaningful connection to these latest images that are surfacing. This painting of She Made Wind-chimes is a special homage to Maves’ grandmother, who passed in 2002. It was selected solely on the free-flowing mark making embodied within. IG @lauriemavesart
Laurie Maves Guglielmi, Jesus.
, (Title Forthcoming). Satin has shown previously with Sacrosanct Gallery, however this is her first drawing-centric work. Multiple Book Pages Drawing With Silk and Cotton Knots On Paper. The work speaks to Satin’s love of the nature of the written word. She says, “My idea of a book, and book-related works, are more than a temporal sequence of compartmentalized experiences, whose order is regulated by the finite view of line, page, covers, etc. Rather, the ‘book’ can take on forms that do not involve ordinary ‘reading’ practices such as those found in codices, scrolls, tablets, etc., or ordinary media such as paper, velum, etc. My work becomes a book the instant one recognizes its potential ‘to read’.” IG Claire Jeanine Satin @clairesatin
, Hope Christofferson Title Forthcoming (Hope 3). This 19-year old artist is currently pursuing her BFA at Black Hills State University. Her mediums of choice range from clay to watercolor and incorporate a sense of wonder and magic derived from nature and fairytales. Her inspirations come from the fantasy worlds she immersed herself in as a child from authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Piers Anthony. Literature and the outdoors serve to influence the enchanted landscapes and surreal creatures Hope creates in her home in Spearfish South Dakota. She wants people to experience a sense of melancholy and wonder from her work in the same way children find magic in the fairytale worlds of imagination. IG @hopechristofferson
Hope Christofferson, Title Forthcoming (Hope 2).
, Harriet Burbeck The Fool. Harriet Burbeck is a New Orleans based visual artist. She has a Master’s Degree in illustration from the University of Edinburgh, and teaches drawing and painting at Nunez Community College and at the New Orleans School of Art and Craft. Her work, which is centered around ink drawing, is concerned with the biological experience of being alive, and the strange wonder of our human bodies and the natural world. IG @tinylittlehappy
Harriet Burbeck, The Magician.
Harriet Burbeck, Hunting Dragonflies.
, Lydia Rubio Ink Cows (sold) New York based Rubio holds a B Arch.,University of Florida; M. Arch.,Harvard University GSD. Taught at Parsons School of Design, where she developed the Visual Thinking studio, Harvard Graduate School of Design, New World School of the Arts and as full-time instructor at the University of Puerto Rico. Teaching interests include painting and drawing, space in art and design, public art, basic design for art and architecture. Her work has been exhibited in 27 solo and over 50 group shows in the USA and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Latin American Art Long Beach, CA, Snite Museum of Art, IN, Baum Gallery of Fine Art, AK, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Lowe Museum of Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Bianca Lanza Gallery, Gutierrez Fine Art, FL. AIR Gallery, Joyce Goldstein, Bridgewater Lustberg Gallery, NYC. IG @lydiarubioartist
Lydia Rubio, Study for Fire
Lydia Rubio, Study for Air
Stefanie Wolfson, Foggy Trees. Wolfson is primarily a printmaker with a BFA, Printmaking, Purchase College, State University of New York – Purchase, NY. Her work deals with the way humans interact with landscapes – how landscapes relate to personal memories and dreams. In the novel, The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard writes: “Daydream transports the dreamer outside the immediate world to a world that bears the mark of infinity.” Although Bachelard’s work deals with the intimacy of the home, Wolfson wants to explore the same idea with something that is not as personal, by working with the idea of dreams, thoughts, and memories through landscapes. The work is created to have a tension between the personal memories and dreams of the viewer and the impersonality of the landscape itself. By creating landscapes that are abstracted, anyone who has had a memory or dream of a landscape can relate to the place depicted; whether the landscape is immediately recognizable or not. She will play with the idea of memory and abstraction, and how memories and dreams further abstract places in people’s mind. Pushing the work further into abstract, it is curious to see how abstract the landscape can get before the viewer is no longer able to call upon a memory or dream that they relate back to it. IG @stefaniewolfsonart
Stefanie Wolfson, Forest.
, Catherine Skinner Studio Raven Speak IV. Part of New Mexican Skinner’s studio practice is based on repetition. The power of the natural world, its intrinsic energy and fundamental properties, is dependent upon a fine balance. The balance of positive and negative forces resides from the smallest particles that make up our universe to concepts we live with every day: night/day and dark/light; finite/infinite and one/zero; quiet/loud and soft/hard; organic/manmade and the natural environment as opposed to the constructed cities.
Deb Slowey, Water. People say the art world is small and I never believe them until I check the mail. This month’s batch included a note from this artist friend. We originally met in Florida several years ago and you know it is true that art is a progressive disease. She writes, “I have been able to secure of few things lately for promotion of my artwork…. a gallery in DC that includes me in group shows, a shopify website dedicated to drawings only www.BuyArtFromMe.com and involvement in an organisation that you would be interested in Women’s Caucus for Art, Florida Chapter. (I am President! and always looking for new members and exhibition opportunities). IG @debslowey