Original pen & ink works, fabric & fancy stitching

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania | 350 Sales


Original pen & ink works, fabric & fancy stitching

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 350 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Monica Minto

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The makings of pen and ink artist. . .

As I grew up, I looked over the shoulder of talented craftsmen of one type or another in my family.  A grandmother who was a wonderful seamstress for the public, sewing for a devoted group of ladies. My dad who did beautiful woodwork, in fact, everything he made was carefully and patiently wrought. And my mom who was a creative seamstress. She also decorated our home with many beautiful homemade things: quilts, stitcheries, flower arrangements, lovingly prepared tasty meals, and even a well ordered, clean and inviting home. None of my family had formal training in their particular “arts” but were self-taught. In fact, my whole family have been life long learners, always learning and researching things they were interested in. I grew up thinking the public library was the greatest place with so much information for free! Early on I made things with my hands. As a young child watching my grandma sew - I used her scraps to make little “purses” with my childish hand stitching. Watching my Dad, I learned to be careful in what I created and not to be afraid of consuming time on a project if it was necessary. My Mom’s example set a tone for my whole life in keeping my home clean and orderly and using my hands to beautify those surroundings. I learned to embroider, sew and quilt. Like many children I enjoyed drawing and learned early to “see” what I needed to be able to draw convincingly. My parents also took us to see parks and different sites of interest through my growing up years. I was taught to look deeply, this turned out to be very helpful in developing my love of detail. 
I started using a crow quill pen and India ink when I was an older child and fell in love with the what the pen could do.  Later I started using Rapidograph pens and have delighted in the smooth line these pens draw ever since.
Most of my art studies has been self directed, although I did have the opportunity to attend the San Francisco Art Academy for a short time.
Marriage and motherhood redirected my creative efforts for many years. My penwork took a backseat to sewing, quilting, canning and home schooling.  Interestingly, even when I wasn’t practicing my artwork I was growing as an artist.  While taking care of my family, I viewed my world with an artist’s eye and tucked those creative thoughts away for a more opportune time.  I was content with this season of my life because I knew that there is a time and a season for everything.
Many years later I had time to joyfully pick up my pen again.  I was happy to see my drawing had grown in maturity and depth.  This inspired me to independent studies in anatomy, design, illustration and different software to turn my art into a digital form for the web. I constantly studied the work of contemporary and past artists, reading and examining their biographies and works.  Drawing once again became an important part of everyday life.
For a few years I worked in illustrating children’s books. I value the experience in working with these authors in the self-publishing world. I joined the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and enjoyed attended a couple of their conferences on a state and national level.
Presently, I am delightedly finding my voice as a pen and ink artist working on fine art pieces and pursuing my fabric art.

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