Awaiting | Nicole Rawlins

Nicole Rawlins is a printmaker and painter. She runs the printmaking department and the children’s art program at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, Oregon. Nicole predominantly works in intaglio printmaking, which includes etching, mezzotints, spit bite and drypoint. Her work is represented by the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, OR and the Rental Sales Gallery and Print Arts Northwest,both in Portland, OR. Her work is in the collections of Oregon State University, The Hallie Ford Museum – Willamette University, and the Portland Art Museum’s Gilkey Center. Nicole currently works from her home studio, Pandora Press Art Studio.

My art focuses on people and relationships, from both actual and mythical subjects. I work from life, sketches and photographs, creating a personal narrative. Most recently, my work has been influenced by religious art from the early Renaissance, particularly Flemish works by artists such as Fra Angelico. Studies of the human hand are combined with tarot and astrological symbols, alchemical patterns and images from the natural world to show a different facet of human existence.

The dominant medium I work with is intaglio (etching). I enjoy the sculptural quality of the etched plates. Each plate contains the memory of every mark that is etched into it – even when the marks are scraped away, there is often evidence of lines and tones left behind.

Spit bite is a favorite technique I use in my etchings to create delicate washy tones and dark inky blacks. It actually involves using spit, which is used as a vehicle for the nitric acid which is then painted directly on to the plate to create the lights and darks.

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Work Title:  Awaiting
 by  Nicole Rawlins
 VillaDuCarl Art Collection | Portland, Oregon
Original 12th of 20
 2 1/2 ” x 2 1/4″ 
Purchased 5/31/2007

Purchase Location: Guardino Gallery, Alberta Arts District, Portland | Oregon

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