"Cranes" by A. Kent Lovelace
A friend sent this postcard in 1987. I re-discovered it recently tucked in with some other long forgotten things and liked the picture very much. Our friend had been working for the City of Dallas, Texas designing a master plan for public art. She always found the most interesting and beautiful pieces of art which I admired when she lived in Seattle so it was not a surprise that this card appealed to me so much. It seemed especially appropriate to share it this week since we have completed our spring and summer long naturalist course through the Mountaineers and have spent the last several months looking for and at wildlife, birds, plants, trees, and insects.
The artist is Kent Lovelace who was born in 1953 and grew up near San Francisco, California before migrating to Seattle and eventually settling on Whidbey Island. He is the founder of a fine art gallery and the print workshop Stone Press Editions. His paintings reflect his interest in nature and are his personal interpretations of his experiences rather than totally realistic copies. His works have been exhibited in North America, Japan and Europe.
Lovelace’s Whidbey Island home and studio are on 10 acres of park-like land with old trees, gardens, native plants and a pond. It sounds like a perfect place for an artist engaged in painting nature subjects. His most recent works utilize a technique of painting oil on copper. The warm metal hue is visible through the translucent paint he uses. Examples of past and current works can be found in Google Images under his name.
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