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Featured Artist: Lorna Wagner Hannett

Great Egret, 2013 for the ISSA show

“I have always had a fascination for the beauty of nature and its many moods and elements. Living in a rural setting, I am surrounded and inspired every day, in all seasons. I also love to study people, adults and children alike, and try to capture each individual’s expressive nature in the portraits I do. I feel privileged to be able to express my love of nature and people through my art work and hope in some small measure that it will bring a certain amount of pleasure to those who view it.” ~Lorna Hannett

Mr. Forbes, 8″x10″

Canadian artist Lorna Hannett has always had an interest and natural talent for drawing, but it was around age 50 when she took her art seriously.  Self taught painter in acrylics and watercolors, Lorna discovered scratch art through WetCanvas! in 2003 and came upon Ampersand Scratchboard™ at the same time.  Lorna shares, “I bought a small board and tool and tried it out. It was love at first board. It immediately appealed to my love of light and detail. I did several boards, mostly wildlife and then entered the North Light Books Cover Competition with my first scratch portrait called “Joseph” and to my great amazement, I won first place. That was in March 2004 and I knew I had found my niche. I now also work on Claybord, and lately I have been doing some of the Ampersand Claybord boxes, which I also enjoy.”

Besides Lorna’s extensive portfolio, which you can see in the Scratchbord Facebook Group or on her personal website, Lorna also teaches workshops and is the president of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.  

String of Pearls, 8″ x 10″

She does most of her own photography for her work as well, so Lorna’s inspiration and eye for design is just as stunning as her work.  Her courage and passion for working in scratch art is evident in her pieces, but is also a strong principle taught to her students.  “I often teach workshops and the first thing I tell the students is not to be afraid of making that first scratch. . . keep that first board as a test piece and try out everything on it,” she explains.  She also encourages students to find subject matter that is meaningful to them, use a light hand and build up in layers to the lightest value.  Not to mention, “always use the best support and that, of course, is Ampersand.  Above all else have fun with it!”

The International Society of Scratchboard Artists was a special project for Lorna, as she and four other scratch artists came together to start the society for bringing awareness to the medium.  The second annual juried exhibition will open in a few weeks with more details on the website about membership, workshops and events.  You can also see more of Lorna’s work in person at the show; the International Society of Scratchboard Artists Annual Exhibition will be opening on June 4th at the Federation of Canadian Artists on Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.  For more updates on Lorna’s exhibitions and more galleries of her artwork, you can visit her website: lornahannett.com

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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