The beauty of art is you can expose what you can't always see. In this case, you're seeing the contrast of the warm, smooth maple hardwood tones against the outer natural, textured and lichen covered bark. Seeing inner and outer views of a tree is impossible in nature. But here I've reimagined and put it together. It's a simple and elegant show stopper. Keeping this piece minimal was intentional to draw attention to the contrast of inner and outer wood and beauty within both.
"Sheath" - 11" x 14" Unframed Print by Jaclyn Gordyan
Printed on Watercolor Paper. Open Edition.
"Hi, I’m Jaclyn. I’m a texturist, painter and mixed media artist living and working in Michigan. I’m heavily influenced by nature and textures. And I bring these two influences together in my work.
I am drawn to the small moments in nature. Discovering them and taking in their natural state of being fuels awe, wonder and ultimately brings me into the present moment. I aim to give others that same feeling through my art.
I can’t go for a hike without stopping to look at small moments like the colorful dance lichen does as it grows up rain-soaked tree bark. Or the contrast between the old tough tree roots and the soft mosses encompassing them. It took me a while to realize not everyone sees these moments— and that was when I discovered my unique artist’s lens.
When I’m working on a piece, my goal is to highlight what about the natural element stopped me originally. I create a reimagined, heightened moment using color, layers and natural textures. So that through my work, I can give you the same permission to pause I feel. And maybe feel some of that same wonder.
And if a piece of mine you bring into your home sparks this, and gets you curious about other moments in nature you could see, then I’ve achieved my mission."