Aired Saturday, July 2, 2022

Drawn to Water: The Art and Natural Science of the Finger Lakes

Show #184

Talking about the ways natural science illustration involves attentive observation and careful study of the natural world. Through this visual language, artists help make research more accessible to wider audiences, expand our awareness of and appreciation for the natural world, and hopefully encourage us to support sustainability initiatives. It’s all about taking the time to look and appreciate the wonders that surround us. In this show we will explore the diverse interpretations of Finger Lakes artists, their mediums of expression, and how their observations lead to new discoveries and a deeper appreciation for the natural environment.

Guests

Elizabeth Morales, President, The Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Lucille Frances Gagliardo, Illustrator
Stephen Dicerbo, Illustrator
Francis Fawcett, Illustrator

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Drawn to Water: The Art and Natural Science of the Finger Lakes

by Mark Kesling and Krista Hoffmann-Longtin

Contact Elizabeth …

Elizabeth Morales has been working as a scientific illustrator and art developer since 1985, when she established her freelance business, Morales Studios. 

She began her art training at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the High School of Art and Design, both in New York City. She went on to complete her BA and MA in Anthropology/Archaeology in New York and California. She completed a two-year degree in architectural rendering at San Francisco State, and has studied illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and at the University of California at Berkeley.

For many years she worked as a graphic designer in San Francisco. Today she works as an art developer and scientific illustrator for a variety of clients including publishing companies such as John Wiley, Pearson Learning, Cengage, Oxford University Press, Houghton Mifflin, Nature, and Zoobooks. 

She has also worked on museum exhibits for a variety of California organizations such as the Audubon Society,  Strybing Arboretum, The Discovery Center, The Marine Mammal Center, and the City of San Francisco Embarcadero sidewalk project.

She has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1986, and  has served on the Board as Membership Secretary, Treasurer and as President. 

MORALES STUDIOS 607-216-5521

[email protected]

SCIENCE-ART.COM/MORALES

Elizabeth Morales has been working as a scientific illustrator and art developer since 1985, when she established her freelance business, Morales Studios. 

She began her art training at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the High School of Art and Design, both in New York City. She went on to complete her BA and MA in Anthropology/Archaeology in New York and California. She completed a two-year degree in architectural rendering at San Francisco State, and has studied illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and at the University of California at Berkeley.

For many years she worked as a graphic designer in San Francisco. Today she works as an art developer and scientific illustrator for a variety of clients including publishing companies such as John Wiley, Pearson Learning, Cengage, Oxford University Press, Houghton Mifflin, Nature, and Zoobooks. 

She has also worked on museum exhibits for a variety of California organizations such as the Audubon Society,  Strybing Arboretum, The Discovery Center, The Marine Mammal Center, and the City of San Francisco Embarcadero sidewalk project.

She has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1986, and  has served on the Board as Membership Secretary, Treasurer and as President. 

MORALES STUDIOS 607-216-5521

[email protected]

SCIENCE-ART.COM/MORALES

Contact Lucille …

While pursuing a degree in biology, Lucy’s interests in nature and art came together when she took a class in scientific illustration and was introduced to the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.  This was the kind of art she wanted to do. With experience gained through an internship as an illustrator at Plum Island Disease Center, and then later working as a technician there, she was able to make a career as a laboratory technician while being a freelance illustrator.  

Lucy continues to create artwork using traditional techniques for her own pleasure and to contribute to exhibits. Drawing is a great way to learn more about a subject and she enjoys studying the subject closely to see the details. Even if she does not capture those details in the final image she creates, she enjoys the time spent in the effort. She hopes that those who view her work will be interested enough in learning a bit more about the subjects that inspire the images and spend time looking closely at the natural world.

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Contact Stephen …

Stephen DiCerbo grew up wandering about and exploring the Adirondack Mountain Region of upstate New York. Ever enchanted by the outdoor surroundings he seeks out, Stephen expresses this wonder of the natural world in the art he produces.  He obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Fish and Wildlife Technology in the early eighties, and years later, pursued and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Illustration.

He has traveled around the northeast United States and New England, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington State, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia in a quest for more knowledge and experiences in varied environmental settings.

He has also traveled to Japan and studied with a Master Gyotaku Printmaker, Mineo Ryuka Yamamoto to refine and advance his technique in Kansetsu-ho and Chokusetsu-ho Japanese Fish printing. After over 10 years of study with Sensei Yamamoto, he was honored with the title of Master Gyotaku printmaker and given the Artist’s name, Mutsugoroh.

Artist Statement: “ It has been said that one of the greatest values of fishing is that it presents a never-ending series of opportunities for hope.  In the same sense, the artistic subject matter of fish and the environs they inhabit provide me with unlimited variations of color and form to work with.

 The pursuit of recreating a visual accounting of these creatures, as well as other of nature’s subjects, on paper and canvas offers me ongoing access to the learning process. It allows me satisfaction in bringing home to the observer a surge of excitement, a reflection on nature’s wonders, or an emotional touchstone connected to their own experiences in the wild. “

Currently, Stephen works out of Stormtree Studio in North Hudson, New York, in the Central Adirondack area.  He practices Natural Science Illustration as well as fine art and printmaking, specializing in Ichthyologic subject matter. He may be contacted at (518) 466-7004  or by email – [email protected].   Web presence: http://www.stormtreestudio.com

Contact Frances …

Frances Fawcett is a free-lance scientific illustrator and graphic designer in Ithaca, NY.  Formerly she worked for the Cornell Entomology Department, specializing in Coleoptera illustration, and taught natural science illustration in the Cornell summer program. She is currently a member of the State of the Art Gallery In Ithaca, where she shows both scientific and abstract digital work and landscape paintings in acrylic. 
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