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Insights from the World of Scratchbord™, Part 3

Lisa Goesling shared an article, Insights from the World of Scratchbord, with us earlier this fall.  Below is another portion of the article.  

Scrub Jay, 12″ x 16″

“I had the pleasure of interviewing a couple of other key players in the world of scratchboard, [like] Rick Wheeler, www.rickarts.com.

I am a big fan of Rick’s art. His overlapping contour shapes are a great example of the level of fine art achieved with Scratchboard. Rick’s printmaking background is evident, fooling his admirers into thinking that his landscapes and wildlife scratchboards are woodcuts and engravings.
“Scratchboard is first and foremost a drawing medium. It is every bit as much a drawing tool as a pencil, pen or charcoal” explains Rick. “I like to experiment with combining watercolors, inks and oils into my scratchboards, and Ampersand’s boards are really accepting of that.”  Two of his Scratchbord/Watercolors, Scrub Jay and Gray Hawk, were selected to be part of Artist’s Magazine’s 30thAnnual Art Competition’s December 2013 issue.

Gray Hawk, 16″ x 20″

Rick’s art is in permanent collections at Patagonia, the Grand Canyon Association, the St. George Art Museum, Utah, and Sonoma State University, CA. Some of his past clients are Abercrombie & Kent/Sheri Griffith Expeditions, Arches National Park, U.S. Marine Corps. Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Division, National Geographic Society, the Oregon Zoo, just to name a few. Rick is a published artist and Mentor at Prescott College, Tucson where he teaches drawing, painting and illustration.”

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