Wild life artist Lori Dunn is considered to be one of the world's foremost Scratchboard artists. After earning a degree in Zoology, she spent 15 years as a Zookeeper and Naturalist. These years of experience gave her an appreciation for nature conservation and the ability to depict wildlife in a realistic and a highly detailed manner. Lori is now a full time artist with a strong focus on protecting biodiversity.
Lori's chosen medium is scratchboard consisting of three layers of material. A hardboard base is coated with a layer of kaolin clay, sanded smooth and a layer of India Ink applied over top. The image is engraved through the ink into the clay layer using an extremely fine tool such as a surgical scalpel blade. This medium is considered by many artists to be the most difficult to master. It takes a steady hand to maintain the correct pressure to etch each fine line to a particular depth in order to achieve tonal variation. Lori particularly loves this medium for its ability to focus on light and shadow, rather than colour, as well as the unsurpassed level of detail that can be reached with the tip of a knife.
Lori Dunn's scratchboard artwork has garnered International recognition. winning awards in several exhibitions. She is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, The Guild Of Natural Science Illustrators, and has a Master tiltle from the Inernational Socirty Of Scatchboard Artists. Many of her works have been exhibited in museums and galleries across North America. She works from her home studio in Norwood Ontario, where she happily enjoys nature in all of its forms.
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