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Sue Hardy – Artist Statement
I have spent my lifetime, both personally and professionally, creating art. I was a high school art teacher for 20 years and had my own business for 10 years creating hand painted floorcloths (featured in, The Complete Book of Floorcloths) and stenciling and hand painting walls for clients throughout the United States.
Since retiring from teaching in 2013 and moving to Seattle, then Vashon in 2014, I have concentrated on making copper plate intaglio etchings using the press at Quartermaster Press. The process is labor intensive since the plates are aquatinted for variation of tone, then hand colored using watercolors.
My present subject matter has been birds, flora and pattern, inspired by a trip to Costa Rica. Upon my return, I was moved to create a series of Costa Rican Endangered Species bird prints. Presently, I am working on a series of American endangered bird prints.