Heather Ward
Los Alamos, NM
“Ghost of the Past” Scratchboard by Heather Ward 12″x12″ $1,200

Artist Statement:

As far back as I can remember, I was always drawing animals. I was never in-terested in drawing houses, or flowers, or people. By middle school, I taught myself equine anatomy and drew lots of horses.

When I found myself with the time and desire to start drawing again after col-lege and a few years working, I started with the familiar graphite and charcoal. Soon, I came across scratchboard. The high-contrast nature of scratchboard seems to bring drawings to life, and animals in particular are well-suited to scratchboard because of the techniques used to remove the black ink from the white clay underlayer. It is no wonder, then, that I love this medium.

In addition to helping local wildlife hospitals and international conservation ef-forts, I am starting to create art that creates awareness of poaching, global climate change, and other human-related causes of species extinction.

About Ghost of the Past:

In the spring of 2017, I had a solo exhibition on the topic of birds. I included one drawing of each of over sixty different species, and displayed an infor-mation sheet with each one. I wanted the exhibit to be educational, including conservation status and threats to each one. Of course, I had to include at least one extinct bird, and chose the obvious representative: the dodo. In pre-paring this drawing, I used written accounts and photographs of preserved specimens to create my own version.

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