Barbara F. Warden A&M1

Let me offer some thoughts about why I draw.  For me it is the basis of visual experience.  Its immediacy, spontaneity and directness allow for quick notations or sustained concentration in a search for resolution.  The final drawing stands as its own independent form of expression.  It is not preparation for a painting or a piece of sculpture.

In addition, I value the power of line.  A single line on a blank page can become the opening gesture that along with other marks can create texture, depth, mass and complexity.  Experimenting with materials, pushing their boundaries, discovering new textures, new spatial relationships – becomes the thrill of drawing. And the eraser absorbs memory. 

I use many traditional drawing tools and I will make new ones if necessary.  Paper – all kinds of paper – is my preferred surface.     -B.W.

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