MAC Center for the Arts

   Darlene Ratte

    Painting / Pyrography/
    Fiber Craft


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Who says fire and water don't mix?  In my new found passion for pyrography (burning) and watercolor they combine wonderfully to make some pretty neat art.  I am a "fly by the seat of the pants" artist always experimenting and asking "what if I did this or used that" on a different wood or paper; never knowing if the new paper will burn to a crisp!  

On my burns, I usually use watercolors but sometimes acrylics or artist grade colored pencils fit the bill.  

I find great enjoyment in the subjects I paint.  Be it a landscape, a magnificent old tree, baby bear, alert owl, curious raccoon, or a busy beaver.  Sometimes it is something quirky that commands my attention like a Siamese fighting fish, a flamingo in a funny pose, or our chub of a cat which we refer to as the football with legs.  He rivals Garfield in his love of lasagna

I hope my art in some small way will add a little brightness to your day and help you admire the spirit of Nature and all of the beings in the animal world.

Let our passions burn!


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