Carol Irvin About
I've been an artist for several decades, all the while feeling like Clark Kent hustling into a phone booth to change into his costume. This is because I'm also a lawyer who is presently teaching real estate law and valuation on the community college level. The college inadvertently fueled my changing media because I am able to take fee waived courses there. So I took some art courses in the commercial art department and am now hooked on digital art, giving up painting with natural or "real" media. Yet I can't help myself from still combining media from the real world with my work done in the Photoshop and Illustrator programs. I use handmade mulberry paper from Thailand for all of my work. I also draw over transparent parts of the digital art pieces with Sennelier oil pastels, iridescent and metallic ones. I've been selling my work for two years now on the internet to customers all over the USA as well as to customers abroad in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Ireland. In fact, I probably sell the least work in my own home state of Ohio, not even bothering with local gallery affiliation because online commerce and worldwide customers fascinate me so much more. My biggest pool of customers comes from New York City, California and the United Kingdom.
I'm going to first offer at Mind's Island a new kind of mixed media work. It is a handmade book of Thai Mulberry paper with a sewn binding. The images were first created by me digitally and then I wrote poetry, or mini-essays, to go with each art work. After the digital images are on the paper, I then go through each image with the Sennelier oil pastels. The theme of this book is women and all of their varied roles and guises in life. I cannot make 2 books really alike except as far as the general digital image which first comes out. This is because I have to hand feed each page through a special printer that uses archival pigments and then continue with hand work until it is done. There are 14 images and 14 poems/mini-essays in each book. I do not make them until the customer orders it. The book does not require framing but the customer may decide to put it in a shadow or plexi box to enhance its life span.
Each image in the book is also available for purchase as a wall piece, with or without the words, on a paper that begins at 12.4" x 18" but is typically trimmed to something a bit smaller. The customer frames it on his or her own.
I am a middle-aged, married woman living in Chesterland, Ohio, outside of Cleveland. I have a large dog, Keesha. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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