Living just 50 feet up from the ocean, mixed-media artist Kathleen Draper-Garner is blessed with a never-ending source of inspiration. For her “Dreamscapes” series, which focused on nature, memory and rediscovery, Draper-Garner worked from photographs of tide pools producing fantastic underwater images.
“I work in oil and acrylic paint with gold leaf and my mixed-media collages include monoprinting, photo transfer, handmade papers and plaster. My method is to paint multiple layers; adding, removing, and sanding in between layers,” says Draper-Garner, who paints on wood cradleboard with two-inch sides that allow her images to seamlessly flow around the artwork. “It is labor intensive and produces the feeling of ebb and flow, teeming with energy.”
Draper-Garner finishes her images with multiple coats of a gloss medium or urethane. Some pieces in the series had the addition of gold leaf, photo transfer and gold paper. “My intent is for the flow of images to resemble a remembered dream where some vague image is underneath another as in a fleeting thought or memory,” says Draper-Garner. Though she is retiring from teaching full time, she gives occasional workshops on gelatin monoprinting and photo transfer mixed media techniques. Information on workshops will be posted on harborview-arts.com