Artist as Label

At what point are creative folks comfortable describing themselves as artists? I know I’ve had a reluctance to do so, even though art is one of the constant themes in my life. I ran across this post by Seth Apter that describes the problem well: A is for Artist. The arguments for being an artist…

2010 Portfolio: Trees

I think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time.

Joseph Beuys via Randel Plowman.

Misted

Layered texture and color applied to a stroll through the Arboretum in Seattle. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 18 layers

Regal

A tree in the French countryside, with some added drama. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 20 layers

Barrier

Menacing birch trees at Marymoor Park keep us on track. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 10 layers

Hedgerow

Trees between us and a field, anywhere in England. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 23 layers

Dale

The peaceful English countryside. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 12 layers

Generous

Look at this poor tree, giving up a chunk of its bark! Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 16 layers

Rusted

Seattle Arboretum tree, given a linocut treatment with textured layers. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 16 layers

Burned In

Eastern Washington inspiration, reminiscent of wood-burning kits I had as a kid. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 18 layers

Verdigris

Evergreens in eastern Washington have a different majesty about them. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 17 layers

Dry

Horizon study, in what appears to be a late summer period. Digital collage © 2010 Liz Ruest, 25 layers