MICHAEL MASON – Artist’s Statement
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
A native Oregonian, my medium is truly from the natural world: my paints are dried flowers.
Most of the flowers I use for my prints are grown in my garden. They are harvested and carefully preserved to maintain as much of their original color as possible. When dried, many of these delicate flowers are extremely fragile and difficult to work with, having a petal thickness of about .0005 of an inch, about the width of a human hair. The result you see is not a photo process: using fine tweezers and glue I attach the flowers to paper by hand.
Many of the flowers that I use are commonly recognized garden flowers such as tulips, poppies, roses, vinca, petunias, camellias, carnations and violets. In addition, I use many other wild flowers and even weeds for my compositions. I raise native Oregon plants for sale to retail nurseries specializing in unusual plants; Solomonâ€™s seal, star flower, twisted stalk, licorice ferns, trilliums and other Oregon native wildflowers also find their way into my work. As native trilliums are a protected species, they need to be grown from seed – a process that takes from four to seven years from planting to bloom. I cultivate them this way to be able to use them in my art.
So as to capture the piece before vital colors fade, I offer giclees made from original flower art to shows and galleries.
I am a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, with a BFA degree in printmaking.
Both my original art and giclee prints are available for sale and prints can be ordered in a variety of sizes. All are printed on archival rag paper using ink guaranteed against fading for 200 years.
Media: collage, mixed media 2D