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Judy Larson - Elusive -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          Elusive
by Judy Larson

$295.00

LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 200
Image Size: 11"w x 14"h.
Published: January 2005


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Click here to explore the hidden image keys in Judy Larson's fine art.

“If one is a wolf, the best way to survive is to be elusive,” says Larson. “The art of survival can depend upon how skillful one is at eluding capture, as well as how subtle one is in one’s daily activities, making it difficult to be detected. Unfortunately, and despite its wariness of people, the wolf will use natural habitats like forested areas and other settings that are in close proximity to humans. Often traveling in the open along roads, railroads and utility corridors, the wolf will also feed and rest where there is good visibility. Further complicating its survival, the wolf most commonly lives in a pack, where more than one wolf may be seen at a time. And, in the case of states that allow the wolf to be listed as “trophy game” or as a “predator” or that encourage and support aerial wolf-shooting, even the wolf that lives far from human populations can be in imminent danger. Nevertheless, despite a shrinking habitat and, in some areas, threats to its very existence, the wolf continues to survive and to flourish.”

Passionately ecological, Judy Larson’s unique artistic signature is her meticulous scratchboard technique and “art of concealment.” Scratchboard demands exacting skill, producing work with explicit detail and providing the opportunity to conceal one image within another.


Judy Larson
Look Closer... The time-consuming art of scratchboard is unparalleled in its detail, allowing Judy Larson’s seamless concealment of imagery within her subject. To view the extraordinary hidden images within Larson’s work, Click here. Judy Larson always knew she was going to be an artist. She was surrounded by them as a child, and was particularly inspired by her father, a professional illustrator. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art from Pacific Union College in Northern California, Judy Larson then spent the next 17 years as a commercial artist, illustrator and art director. In 1988, influenced by her love of nature and animals, Judy devoted her time to wildlife art. Her primary focus in each of her paintings is the animal, with the horse and wolf as a recurring subject. Larson uses a clay-coated, Masonite backed art board called Claybord®. To produce an original drawing, she paints the subject solidly with black India ink to create a silhouette. Larson then scratches away the dried ink using hundreds of X-Acto® blades and the result is a magnificent, lifelike image. Once the subject has been totally scratched, it is a finished black and white illustration, ready for Larson to add color. Larson prefers a combination of airbrush, gouache or acrylics for adding rich layers of color, with frequent rescratching for detail. For Judy Larson, whose underlying message is always passionately ecological, her medium of scratchboard, as well as her "art of concealment™," allows her "to take the viewer with me." Explains Larson, "My desire is to engage viewers on three levels: first, by revealing the beauty of animals through intricate detail; second, by concealing a hidden image that draws the viewer to examine the painting more closely and through which I can tell a story; and third, by promoting a deeper awareness of the environment on a level that will hopefully have an impact." Larson is extremely passionate about her love of wildlife and supports a number of environmental endeavors. Two books have been published featuring her work: Hidden Spirits, Search-And-Find Scenes from the American West, a Random House children’s’ book, and The Spirit Within, a coffee table book. Larson is a member of the Society of Animal Artists. She lives and works in California. For more information, visit www.judylarson.com

 

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