Donna Wilk ~ Botanic Collage Artist
Natural Elements Depict Landscape
Nanaimo News Bulletin -
For an artist who works in nature, the wild beauty of Vancouver Island provides endless inspiration.
Donna Wilk, a botanic materials artist, uses a paint palette found under people's feet.
She uses plant materials, such as leaves, stems, bark, roots and grasses and more
from her large garden to re-
Gathering and processing the materials is a year-
Wilk's love of nature took root during her formative years in Siberia, surrounded by the lush Siberian Taiga.
"I am drawn to natsure and feel almost at home around trees and flowers," she said.
Her art falls into two distinct categories.
The first, in the style of Japanese Oshibana, she works with whole plant elements, such as stems, leaves and blooms.
In the second, she uses fragments of botanic elements in a brush-
Th term was coined by Urkov, a Russian artist, who influenced the direction and evolution of this form of art. This method allows the artist to achieve light and shadow effects using fragments of different shades of pressed plant material to create images with detailed texture, depth and colour.
"As I collect nature's supplies I sense the energy that resides in them," Wilk said.
"Every new design is the result of the tapping into this energy. I am thrilled that I can go directly to nature and use her own materials to emulate her abundant beauty."
The process is highly demanding, requiring concentrated effort for prolonged periods. It is not unusual for artwork to take months to complete.
The artist's husband and son, both engineers, developed an unique hermetic sealing method to encase the art in a protective environment before framing to preserve the visual impact and depth of colour.
Only high quality archival materials are used throughout including reflection-
Wilk is exhibiting her latest work at her home gallery near Extension at 2520 Myles
Lake Rd. The Art With Blooms gallery opening is set for Sat Sept 17, 2-
Please call 250 591 5190 or visit www.artwithblooms.com.