Artist’s Statement & CV

Dog studies, illustration

Dog sketch, ink on paper, Strathmore journal paper, 2015

Artist’s Statement

Two years ago, I retired from an academic career in Educational Psychology to become an artist full time. I am self-taught and learn what I need as I go. My focus is on re-imagining the natural world in a variety of mediums.

Capturing a living thing in line and colour challenges me to invest more than what I see into my work. The images that catch my attention have a story to tell: a bunny at attention, a jar full of beans, even an apple core. Rendering the ghost of a subject through pencil or ink and then breathing life into it with pigment bound in water, wax, or oil on paper, fabric, board or tile, adds a unique energy that cannot be conveyed through a photograph. The completed work may morph from a drawing or painting into a collection of related works: a collage, a book, a print or etching, or a series of cards. I frequently return to rework earlier images for new forms.

I do not see a distinction between illustration and fine art; they are intertwined in a process of visual ‘telling’. Each project usually begins with initial sketches, then moves into studies from which there may be some finished drawings and/or water colours, and ends with a full-colour portrait/landscape/still life/collage oil painting, encaustic, fabric, and/or watercolour. As a separate event, I may choose to create digital prints from any of the images developed during the process or derived from the final product. All the images produced are my own, and I retain the right to use the images indefinitely. The originals may be commissioned for sale or purchased as original drawings, paintings, encaustics, watercolours, or inks; in addition, these images may be turned into etchings or digitalized and used to create logos, cards, and limited edition prints. Many of the unique art pieces that I create may be ordered in multiple formats (posters, cards, limited edition prints) online.

CV

Alissa Bick Ehrenkranz

http://www.alissabick.com

aehren@gmail.com/(604)329-2410

Studio 198 66A Street Delta BC V4L 1M5 Canada

Instagram:alissabick

Exhibitions

2017 Hawk, Boundary Beach, Water Colour 9 x 12, South Delta Artists Guild Summer Showcase

2016 Croissant, Deep Cove, Encaustic 10 x 10, Anonymous Art Show North Vancouver Community Arts Council

 

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