"A long-time artist in a variety of media, I am currently focusing on painting stellar phenomena, and on printmaking using both the water colour monotype and silkscreen processes.
My paintings of stellar phenomena are based on public domain images provided by NASA and the Hubble Telescope. These images are used with the permission of both institutions as cited on their websites. My works are interpretations, rather than exact copies, of these photographs. My goal is to capture the wonder, mystery and beauty of the far reaches of space. Each work is the result of multiple layers of oil paint on canvas. As a final step, individual stars are applied with a fine brush and painstaking care.
In printmaking, I create water colour monotypes and silkscreen images. Both methods allow me to explore a wide variety of styles and subject matters within a specific artistic discipline. I am especially drawn to create images with a strong graphic presence through both silkscreen techniques and using stencils to create embossed water colour monotypes. I incorporate Chine collé into some of my works to add an additional textural element to the images. Further, the watercolour monotype process enables me to work produce a series of related, yet one-of-a-kind, images ranging from abstract to representational.
Regardless of the subject matter, media, or style, the images I create are based on colour, line, shape and texture".
Artist Website – www.alisonsawatzky.com