Last night I was back at TECO public art gallery in downtown Tampa for another Talk and Tour. This time Debra Radke, gallery curator, was showing her own work. Debra is both a painter and a printmaker. Much of her work is inspired by nature, and my favorites were the prints featuring flowers. I learned from her talk that many of these were inspired by a book of dried flowers kept in her family since the early 1900’s.
As a printmaker, Radke uses a combination of dry point and monotype in her work. In dry point printing, the artist uses a needle to etch lines into a metal plate. The artist then applies ink to the plate. Finally, the plate is run through a press that transfers the image to paper. This produces something that resembles a pen and ink drawing. Monotype is used to add color.
The TECO Talk and Tour receptions are a great way to learn about an artist’s technique and inspiration. Radke’s paintings and prints, 27 in total, will be on display at the TECO art gallery through October 30, 2015.