About this piece:
Inspiration for this book came to the artist after her Artist in Residence experience at Rocky Mountain National Part in 2012. Two animals, a Ptarmigan and a Snowshoe Hare, presented themselves as models for her etchings. Learning that these two animals change color to match their environment as a means of protection from predators, the artist completed 4 etchings, 2 of each in seasonal attire, along with simple informational words about each animal. Inside covers are etchings of the forest floor with needles and pinecones. All illustrations are hand colored and presented in a journal-like keepsake using photo corners. This book is an accordion format and is closed with a string wrap ending in a real pine cone.
ink, paper, book board, book cloth, watercolor, string, pine cone
About the artist:
Lives and works in Westminster, Colorado, United States.
M.P. McAuliffe, Patty, is a printmaker working in her home studio, Songbird Press, in Westminster, Colorado. Now retired from her day job, she is free to pursue her lifelong passion for art. After continuing coursework in printmaking at the Art Student League of Denver, Patty purchased her own etching press and built a studio. She is certified as a botanical illustrator from Denver Botanic Gardens after many night courses, but is now enjoying creating etchings from many of nature’s inspirations. Some etchings make it into other creations such as mobiles or artist books.