Michele's Description: Ireland's folklore of the Banshie inspired both a graphic and poetic metaphor speaking to the stages of a woman.
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These images remind me of the celtic work of a well known Irish graphic artist called Jim Fitzpatrick. When I was around 15 years old, I was sent to a boarding school (from which I was subsequently expelled), and there in my disgruntledness I began to consider the possibility of a career in the visual arts. Somehow I found out Fitzpatrick's address and wrote him a letter asking if I could come and visit (the enthusiasm to know the artist in his/her studio was with me even then). I remember him to have been a most gracious, if not bemused host. One detail that struck me was what appeared to be a copy of the Che Guevara image on his wall. It turned out not to be a copy, and that Fitzpatrick was the original designer of that famous poster. Even more odd was the fact that when he was a kid working during school holidays behind the bar in a pub in rural Ireland, who should step in one day but the man himself, Che Guevara. Apparantly Che's grandmother was from Galway in the west of Ireland.There you go - how about that for a lot of useless information. Just viewing your artwork sparked off those old memories, and I couldn't resist writing them down. Thanks for posting your work.
Jean Paul,Apparently, I cannot walk away for a few minutes without the comment board erasing my comments. Okay, this means I must settle down and reply without any interruption.I wanted to thank you for your comments and for sharing your personal story reminiscing memories from your youth. I must tell you that Galway was the location I visited on Holiday, and where my inspiration was ignited to create Faerie thorns and Sacred Places. I so respect the work of Jim Fitzpatrick and have a passion for patterned blocks of color and line to form a visual story, similar to his style. His work feels more polished and poster-like, while my work is extremely organic. It seems my process is a bit boring...I start out with a more realistic piece of work, and end up creating this visual soup,if you will...this gobbly goop of mis-mashed color and unrelated organic lines which seem to create somewhat of an unusual, yet interesting blend of objects that hopefully tell a story. I have worked with a variety of paper, but like vellum the best. A lot of that has to do with how the pencil feels flowing across the rough surface of the paper, not to mention once burned the paper exhibits very interesting patterns.I am starting work on another soon and would like to try my hand at telling a story told by my Irish grandparentswho came to the states and farmed land in Minnesota. Although I don't want to discount my Italian heritage either,so I will see what I come with...perhaps I'll combine both.
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