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Nan and George Portrait completed.
Mural Project Finished
Artist draws on colorful time in Hawaii - (from Atlanta Journal-Constitution Home & Garden Column by Lee May)
in the clutches of Atlanta's up-and-down winter temperatures, when spring seems
here one day and nowhere in sight the next; I recently treated myself to a
flowery fantasy - one that remained unchanged regardless of the weather's
Carol Anne Sutherland treated me to the fantasy, inviting me to see her
drawings, a botanical series depicting the lushness of Hawaiian flowers, fruits
and foliage. The pieces, some 14 of them, are home now, in Sutherland’s studio
residence near Emory University - after having been on exhibit at Vista Gallery
and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
morning blustered outside, the pencil drawings warmed the indoors with their
reds, greens, yellows, browns, oranges. There were crotons, bird of paradise,
pineapple, papaya, banana, ti leaves. And the splendorous Ohi'a-lehua, blooms
resembling the mimosa's powder puffs. Pele, goddess of the volcano Kilauea, has
been depicted wearing a headband of these blooms.
works are part of an artistic power surge - one that was set off during a trip
to Hawaii in 1991. She photographed a volcanic eruption, lava of yellows, reds
and oranges so powerful that the colors burned into her memo and surfaced in her
'You feel like
you're back at the beginning of time," she says, "when the Earth was
first formed. Out of that fire and destruction, a garden is created."
Sutherland came home' and set out to create her own garden: the drawings. Their
colors are vibrant and soothing at the same time, much like a scene in nature.
Sutherland, who speaks with great passion, often touching one of her drawings to
make a point, calls plants "totally inspiring. Nature is alive, not like an
inanimate object such as a car or a piece of clothing. A plant has life
but Sutherland's drawings do not mirror the photographs from which she often
license with color," the artist says. "Once you get into the drawings,
they take on a life of their own." Example: Her pineapple has a golden glow
that is far more lustrous than any you'll see at your local farmers' market.
sometimes comes in mysterious ways. Sutherland explains how she inadvertently
picked up a blue pencil one day instead of the green one she was after. After
coloring a flower stem, she decided that the blue added just the right touch,
A wall of
botanical drawings (each 30 by 40 inches) can truly transport you. The largeness
of the plants' features and their luscious colors aptly represent Hawaii's
who teaches a course called "Art for Play and Relaxation" at
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, knows the value of this vicarious digging in the
dirt. It slows you down, encouraging you to enjoy nature.
* Copyright © Carol Sutherland 1992. All rights reserved for the artist.
* All rights of ownership and reproduction belong to the artist-creator, Carol Sutherland.
* All artworkcreated by Carol Sutherland ois protected against unauthorized reporduction or use under the U.S. Copyright Law.
Last modified: June 19, 2001