The subjects in the work are imagined, rather than actual places or renditions of photographs. The pencil drawings are original compositions created in various forms of carbon including carbon pencil, carbon stick (lead), and/or carbon crayon (conté). A tightly rolled piece of paper shaped like a sharpened cigar called a stump is used to subtly manipulate the carbon. Removing a mark is as important as making one, and for this purpose kneaded, vinyl and electric erasers are used. The drawings are created on Arches hot-pressed watercolor paper. Known for it's impeccable consistency and quality Arches has been making paper in Arches, France for over 500 years. This specific paper has an internal and surface sizing which allows for repeated, aggressive marking and erasing. Each drawing is unique, one-of-a-kind, and capable of retaining it's original integrity for generations. Please feel free to contact the artist with any questions about his technique or materials.
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"The inspiration for my work comes from nature and in particular the surroundings near my studio. The drawings are not necessarily a graphic description of what I see, but rather a visual composite of forms, spatial relationships and thoughts. My intention is to use the ambiguity and elusiveness of nature as a vehicle for the viewer to create his or her own specific interpretation of place and time. I believe this approach enables a continuous dialogue between the imagination of the viewer and the subject itself."
Dale Jarrett grew up on the Great Plains of western Kansas and attended Emporia State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984. He has worked in a variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture. His art has been displayed in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the country. Jarrett's drawings have received 39 prestigious awards in the past ten years.
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