Vivian Etmanczyk's Scratchboard Art
Words from Vivian . . .
I was born and raised in South Florida in a highly creative family and we always enjoyed the wilderness and the outdoors. At the age of 10 we moved down to the Florida Keys and it was a wonderful experience and place to grow up in. I was constantly on or around the water; fishing, swimming, boating and admiring the beauty on and in the ocean. I had always been interested in the arts, especially graphics, so after high school I attended college in Key West, FL and received a degree in Commercial Art. I started my own sign/commercial art company during college and continued my education by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts in Miami, FL. I won various art awards and scholarships throughout high school & college, and had the amazing opportunity to work on the Surrounded Islands Project in Miami Beach, FL with the artist Christo.
My sign business flourished in the Keys for 15 years and I continued working in the sign industry in North Carolina and Tennessee for many years after. In 2011 my husband, Chris, and I made the move to Southern Colorado and built our home north of La Veta after visiting the area for the past 20 years. We have wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys full of animals, and ideas for artwork are found everywhere.
Chris and I also enjoy traveling the US and abroad, by air, sea and land, and I am constantly taking photos for inspiration for my artwork.
I have experimented in watercolors, pen and ink, colored pencil, sculpture and acrylics throughout my life, but once I discovered scratchboard, which I was introduced to by my artist mother, I knew I found my favorite medium. I really enjoy its qualities of producing exceptional detail and high contrast in my subject matter and working with a black background lets me push that contrast to the limit. I add watercolor as needed to accentuate and highlight and I get great pleasure in creating striking and enjoyable artwork.
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