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Ursula Schneider

email, website, vitauschne@mail.slc.edu

I have been working from the landscape since 1982.

In 1994, 1995 and 1997 I went to the Arctic Refuge to draw. I chose the Refuge, in particular the North Slope, for its clearly visible geology, and its unspoiled wilderness. It is a challenging, unforgiving and yet fragile environment.

My paintings are about the spirit of the place. The land reveals itself in unexpected ways. It is like an animal observing you, but you have not seen it yet.

I draw and paint on site and take photographs. These studies, together with my memory, are the inspiration for my paintings. Most recently I have developed a new technique for making my paintings long: 10 x 84 in. I created a flexible support, a laminate of nylon and water based urethane. I paint with pure pigments and use acrylics and urethane as a binder. My paintings are horizontally suspended between two mounted brackets about an inch away from the wall. They are rolled up for storage

My woodcuts are done in the traditional Japanese technique called hanga. My hanga prints require an average of six to ten wood blocks, each block for a different color, some of them used several times. The inks are water-based. They are brushed onto the block and then printed on damp paper. The paper is rubbed from the back with a baren, a round flat disk. Each print might have up to fifteen printing steps. It takes me about a year to develop one of these.

The landscape shows geological movement over time and momentary movement of wind and light. The light magnifies and the shadow obscures features in the landscape, thus creating an atmosphere and a mood. I study the forms I see to gain understanding of their function and of their interconnectedness.


DAAR II Kongakut River
  DAAR II
Soft pastel on paper
53 x 8 in
1995
   

Kongakut River
Soft pastel on paper
52 x 12 in
1995

 
Kongakut River III Mountains and Clouds
  Kongakut River III
Soft pastel on paper
51 x 9 in
1996
   

Mountains and Clouds
Soft pastel on paper
39 x 9 in
1994

 
Rain Canning River Spring Creek
  Rain Canning River Nylon, acrylic and pigment
83 x 11 in
1998
    Spring Creek
Nylon, acrylic and pigment
80 x 14 in
1997
 
Wait: I See Something Whale Mountain
  Wait: I See Something
Acrylic on wood
78 x 12 in
1995
    Whale Mountain
Soft pastel on paper
53 x 10 in
1996
 
Canning River Sadlerochit Mountains
 

Canning River
Acrylic on wood
56 x 14.5 in
1994

    Sadlerochit Mountains
Acrylic on wood
78 x 12 in
1995
 
Marsh Fork Sheenjek River
 

Marsh Fork
Acrylic on wood
72 x 12.5 in
1994

   

Sheenjek River
Nylon, acrylic and pigments
59 x 8 in
1998

 
Rain Canning River II Marsh Fork/Canning Intersection
 

Rain Canning River II
Soft pastel on paper
44 x 15 in
1998

   

Marsh Fork/Canning Intersection
Acrylic on wood
61 x 17 in
1998

 
Canning River A Trail: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
 

Canning River
Woodcut, edition 30
38 x 13 in
1996

   

A Trail: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Woodcut, edition 20
39 x 12 in
1999

 
Sadlerochit Mountains Kongakut River
 

Sadlerochit Mountains
Woodcut, edition 30
26 x 5.5 in
1995

   

Kongakut River
Woodcut, edition 30
25 x 6 in
1995

 
Icy Reef Demarcation Bay
 

Icy Reef
Soft pastel on paper
53 x 5.5 in
1995

   

Demarcation Bay
Soft pastel on paper
52 x 10 in
1995

 
Demarcation Point  
 

Demarcation Point
Nylon, acrylic and pigment
56 x 39 in
1998

   

 

 
Artwork ©1994-2007 by Ursula Schneider. Used with permission of the artist.