Thomas Nawrocki

Thomas Nawrocki

Columbus, MS
Opulent Dreams, Mezzotint
18.25 x 18

“OPULENT DREAMS” is the culmination in a series of miniature mezzotint prints. Every composition reveals, by its unique strength, how it would resolve itself as it follows the tendencies of its internal forces. I am interpreting nature in its purest, abstract state – constructing a rhythm of pictorial lyricism utilizing land and sky forms as my inspiration. I place great emphasis on edge and the interrelationship of form and value in maintaining a harmony of visual balance. No object may be viewed in isolation, but absorbs its surroundings, just as it contributes to the total composition. The 16-gage mezzotint plate is the surface upon which burnished shapes and engraved – drypoint lines are incised. Dark brown and cadmium red-dark etching ink was used on German Copperplate Deluxe paper to create the imagery. For me the mezzotint alone holds the potential of lush deep low-key values and soft sensitive middle tones.