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nimbus : cloud
novem : nine
dead language/ live artist

portfolio http://www.www.trunkt.org/nimbusnovem
blog: http://nimbusnovem.com
alternate email: betsy [!at] nimbusnovem.net

I've always been a solitary sort.

As a child, I spent most of my free time perched in an old pine tree that grew (impossibly) in the back of our steel-town city lot. I wouldn't say I was, as my mother was fond of saying, "in my own little world" as much as I was an ardent observer of the one we all occupy. If you're going to take an observational stance in life, best get a good seat.

I went through the usual throes and angst and eventually wound up in college where I studied art. I felt most at home…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 12
  • Joined March 6, 2008

Favorite materials

marble, granite, clay board, ink, colored pencil, containers, and the clutter in my head

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About

nimbus : cloud
novem : nine
dead language/ live artist

portfolio http://www.www.trunkt.org/nimbusnovem
blog: http://nimbusnovem.com
alternate email: betsy [!at] nimbusnovem.net

I've always been a solitary sort.

As a child, I spent most of my free time perched in an old pine tree that grew (impossibly) in the back of our steel-town city lot. I wouldn't say I was, as my mother was fond of saying, "in my own little world" as much as I was an ardent observer of the one we all occupy. If you're going to take an observational stance in life, best get a good seat.

I went through the usual throes and angst and eventually wound up in college where I studied art. I felt most at home in the sculpture studios and life drawing classes, so I settled in there. Finally, a place where intense observation was a requirement. For years, I studied bones and muscles and shape and form and gesture. I was always searching for that undefined "thing" that made a portrait come to life. That made the figure recognizable as a particular individual--to the extent you might guess the next sway of a hip or dangle of ankle.

It's not just the matter of getting features and proportion correct; it's something else entirely.

It's elusive. It's magic. And hopefully when it all comes together, it's art.

Many years later I find myself still working the same way. I study, I feel my way through my drawings and I let them evolve as I go along. One of the reasons I love the mediums I work with (marble, clay board, scratch board) is that they allow for this evolution. I like seeing things develop slowly. I can choose areas of emphasis. I can layer secret marks on top of secret marks. It feels like a journey. A discovery. It sometimes feels like the weaving of a story.

All these years later...it still feels like magic.


In regard to the marble engraving, my experience is extensive. I worked for twenty years for a memorial company where I hand etched countless portraits, animals, landscapes and just about anything else you might imagine. While I used to joke that my work was in "galleries" all over the country, and while it was an honor to memorialize those passed, it always struck me as a little sad that the work was seen by so few.

My hope is to make the technique and material more accessible here at Etsy. If you've any questions at all, please feel free to write.

--Elizabeth

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