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Portraits of Nature in Ink

An Arcangel Gallery Exhibit by David Feaman.

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June 21, 10:00 am - August 14, 4:00 pm

Cost: Included with admission

In a society that is increasingly dominated by technology, I find solace and inspiration in the natural world. Through my art, I seek to express my deep appreciation for the beauty, fragility, and interconnectedness of all living things. I find myself drawn to the way light and shadow play across natural forms and, through my work, wanted to explore how these can create a sense of depth and realism.

With this series, I have set out to create portraits of the life around us, showcasing the intricate details and patterns found in nature. I sought to capture the essence of each subject, from the delicate pores of a bolete mushroom to the shimmering scales of a minnow. 

These pieces are rendered in pen and ink on bristol board. Every mushroom in this series has a story – a tiny home for beetle or a cluster towering like a cityscape. All are beings exuding mystery and beauty. Under the harsh lighting they stand alone, as unique and fragile as any other life. This same contrast in lighting is why I favor pen and ink over every other artistic medium. How else can we better experience the moodiness of a field in winter? Or the labyrinthine depths of a sprawling forest? For me, black and white – the contrasts of light and dark – gives me the stark truth that I paint with my heart. 

I hope that this show inspires you to see the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Enjoy!

Meet the artist, David Feaman!

A native of St. Louis, David Feaman has been drawing since childhood. His main mediums are pencils and pen and ink, which he uses to create fine art as well as illustrations and comics/sequential art. He is also a fiction writer. Since 2018, he has been based in Buffalo, where he enjoys gardening, hiking, and mushroom foraging.