Friday February 6, 2015 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Stephanie Zeiler Martin
is a painter and printmaker on the California coast. Her etchings explore the relationships between people and the natural world across time and cultures. Plants and birds are persistent images, and her work pays homage to their diversity and fascinating design.Stephanie studied California botany as an undergraduate, and after a twenty-year career in education, began studying art. She draws plants and birds in botanical gardens, natural history museums, and in the wild, and then winnows her sketchbook images, transforming the most arresting ones onto the printing matrix -a copper plate- using traditional etching techniques. Stephanie is best known for her fine aquatint technique, the mercurial process in which tonal areas are added to the image.
A member of the California Society of Printmakers, Stephanie exhibits primarily in California, and her work is held in private collections around the world.
…For the past twenty years I have had the good fortune to live in Santa Cruz. As a student at UCSC I began my art training as a member of the Scientific Illustration program my last year at the university. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in scientific illustration. Years after graduation I learned of a printmaking course offered at Cabrillo College in the evenings. From the first night class I was hooked. Each semester, two nights a week for the following four years I could be found at the printmaking studio. I had the pleasure of working with Howard Ikemoto, Julie Connell, Paul Rhoel and Karen Tossavainen. I now work out of my home studio equipped with a Griffen IV press, a large work surface and a well-ventilated drying area for new prints. My art is clearly influenced by my natural history and scientific illustration training. Animals, botanicals, treescapes and scenics predominate. This region offers an unlimited source of inspiration for my sketches and prints. I enjoy all facets of printmaking but my favorite technique is the most direct one – drypoint. The soft feathered lines, rich blacks and delicate nature that set this method apart are pleasing to me. Since this is a fragile technique the print runs are much smaller, which makes the image more fleeting and precious. Recently I have been happily exploring the techniques of polyester lithography and gelatin monotypes.
My prints can also be seen at my website, I encourage you to visit: http://www.stacyfrank.com.