Thursday, March 31, 2011

Katherine Liontas-Warren and the Wichita mountains

Donna Merkt, director of education at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art that we are collaborating with on the Oklahoma documentary recommended a visit to the Wichita Mountain Refuge
Established in 1901,Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 546 refuges throughout the United States managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The 59,020 acre Refuge hosts a rare piece of the past - a remnant mixed grass prairie, an island where the natural grasslands escaped destruction because the rocks underfoot defeated the plow.
The Refuge provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as American bisonRocky Mountain elk, and white-tailed deerTexas longhorn cattle also share the Refuge rangelands as a cultural and historical legacy species. More than 50 mammal, 240 bird, 64 reptile and amphibian, 36 fish, and 806 plant species thrive on this important refuge.
How to Get There

From I-44 take Highway 49 (exit 45). Go west 10 miles to the Refuge gate. If coming from Highway 62, take Highway 115 (Cache exit) north to the Refuge Gate. 
A map is available. You will find leaflet dispensers inside each of the Refuge gates that have maps and information. Contact Refuge Headquarters for more information or see available Google Map.
Donna also recommended an artist who draws great inspiration from them, Katherine Liontas-Warren. And I could see why as her drawings are exquisite. I love good drawing with drama, beautiful marks and deep chiarascuro.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chiaroscuro (English pronunciation: /kiˌɑːrəˈskjʊəroʊ/Italian: [kjarosˈkuːro] "light-dark") in art is characterized by
 strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a
 technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in
 modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human body.
See below to get a sense of her exquisite detail and go to her website The detail and drama in her black and white drawings is stunning. I jokingly told her that she is to rocks what I am to trees. We are going to visit her studio and then travel up into the Wichita Mountains to see some of her favorite spots where she draws inspiration and the drawings that have been done of them. I love seeing how an artist interprets the environment they love. This segment will be great fun to shoot.

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