Aviarium Naturalis: Works by JS Bird & Kristie Potwora
Dusk #5 - J S Bird
"I create images that sing of the beauty of the world, mythology, illumination, dance, magic, healing, and reflect a sensuous investigation of problem solving in the realm of color, shape, and surface." - J S Bird
J S Bird has an MFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has been a faculty member at Lane Community College since 2004. Prior to this JS taught in several colleges & universities in the East coast before accepting his current position. Bird has an extensive exhibition record in solo, juried & invitational exhibits in galleries and museums throughout the United States. He has been awarded 4 artist-in -residencies over the past 10 years.
More of his work can be viewed at: jsbirdpaintings.com
New World Vulture Illustration - Kristie Potwora
"Born and raised near the redwood forests of Northern California, I have a deep and abiding respect for nature. As a child, the coastal forests, shores, and meadows were my playground, with everything from bees to banana slugs to elk impressing me with wonder and fascination. Those experiences shaped me both as a person and as an artist. Environmental Biology was my first true love in education, and has persisted as a foundation for my art. Through scientific illustration and printing layers, my work is an instinctive exploration of color, form, and pattern, a way to understand, honor, and connect with the world around me. Reward comes in learning more about this amazing world and its inhabitants, and is often found, like buried treasure, in the deep layers of memory that emerge while I am creating. The joy is in the process of discovery." - Kristie Potwora
Kristie (Johnson) Potwora has an MFA and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Oregon, and a BA in Art Education from Humboldt State University. She is a member of the Print Arts Northwest, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and teaches printmaking at Lane Community College. Her work has been exhibited in solo, juried, and invitational shows.
More of her work can be viewed at: www.kristiepotwora.com
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