The Art of Dan Abernathy
Art is created for myself first, as a derivative of my voice. It is, and always will be, filled with extra inspiration and appreciation when someone is moved by something that I have created. It is an amazing reward when someone desires a piece of my art. This allows me, with much gratitude, to continue on my journey of making art.
An art series is more than just one piece of artwork; it’s a collection of similar styles and or compositions. In the evolution of an artist, developing an art series with your personal style of art has many rewards.
All my art has vague borders or parameters. This series, which is my version of stippling, begins with an original pen & ink drawing. Oftentimes it is completely redrawn much larger on a cold pressed steel background, which I also create, with fine tipped acrylic pens.
My art usually begins with the first drawing in pen & ink. Drawn with my version of stippling on cold pressed watercolor paper. Each is framed with weathered wood and patinaed copper to the appropriate size.
After working the image out in dots and lines I then redraw it larger on cold pressed steel using acrylic pens. This is done only once making it an original on metal. The background metal is rusted and painted which takes a few days to complete. Allowing the paint to mix with the dust of the rust creates a unique, weathered expression and one of a kind background. The edges are then wrapped in patinaed copper giving the piece the illusion of being framed. All of this is done by hand to become part of the completed piece of art.
These Wooden Prints are in a limited edition of seven and have been printed on wood. The wood image is wrapped with patinaed copper, and then mounted to reclaimed weathered wood, which raises it from the background ¾ of an inch. The edges of the background have also been wrapped with patinaed copper.
Inspired by Ledger Art created by Native Americans primarily from the 1860’s to the 1920’s, I combine the art of Cartography in making maps, using antique maps and pages from an atlas and my version of pointillism and stippling into my creative perspectives.
The Cut-Slam drawings were born out of the love of being on the waters of Wyoming, with a fly rod, fishing for native trout. With the hours spent with my ink pen, I’m not only paying tribute to Wyoming fisheries, I am also honoring Ron Remmick, the “Father of the Cutt-Slam.” With Ron being the father of the Cutt-Slam, Pinedale, Wyoming is its true birthplace.