Isle Royale Reflection
"I always want my work to reflect a sense of emotional movement and a sense of the mysterious. As an artist-in-residence at Isle Royale, I wandered the forests alone with my camera for hours photographing beds of small green clover-like plants, lichens, wildflowers, piles of fresh leaves, ferns, and tree bark. I felt like I was in a mystical land, timeless and lush with the exotic and new, so different from the dry and dusty American Southwest. I began to incorporate these “textures” into my drawings. I used a drawing technique that employs interplays of light and color, texture and pattern to define a kind of visual habitat for both representational and abstract imagery. The Isle Royale forest floor images began to appear as background patterns and “fabrics” in my artworks and continue to do so.
About the Artist*
Wayne Rice was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from August 1st to August 16th, 1992. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. As part of a military family, he grew up in New Jersey, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Illinois. Trained in painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed-media, he has also worked in experimental film, computer animation, commercial art, and publications design.
Last updated: January 5, 2020