Over the years, yard clean-up has become a source of discovery instead of mere drudgery. I found 3 fascinating objects – a fallen wasp hive, an animal jaw (rabbit? Racoon?) and a twisted tree branch. They became immediate sources of inspiration for my art.
Etching was the perfect medium through which I could explore 3-D structure and intricate detail. As time went on, the hive became a landscape, the teeth of the jaw transformed into mountains, and the dead tree branch grew into a wild plant subject to change and moods. The methodical work of etching and the patience required allowed me to play with these images and enjoy the process as much as the end-result.
My exploration is unfinished. There are endless things to explore in both study of nature and etching possibilities.