Science inspires art by Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey

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In the summer of 2017, Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey spent several weeks immersed in natural surroundings at the Schoodic Institute.

As an artist who creates paintings and sculptures inspired by recent research in science, conservation, and climate change, Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey knew that participating in an Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park, with 60 miles of protected shoreline, would be a perfect fit for her. In the summer of 2017, she spent several weeks immersed in the surroundings at the Schoodic Institute.

“Here at the institute I’ve been out collecting water samples, looking at them through the microscope, and then using that to inspire paintings and sculptures and sometimes other works in between,” says Hubler-Torrey.

A native of Lansing, Michigan, Hubler-Torrey now lives and works in the Grand Rapids area. She works primarily in encaustic, which is the art of using heated wax with paint to create a multitude of effects from thin veils of transparent color to textures that can be expanded into surface relief techniques. Learn more at her website.

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(Emma Forthofer//Friends of Acadia//NPS Video)

Last updated: June 25, 2018