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After much urging, Olivia Schemanski has at long last put down in words her journey as an artist. With this book she explores what made her the artist that she has become, and how those lessons can be passed on to other generations. Along with a little history, both personal and historical, she lays out, step by step, in words and illustrations, her thoughts and process in creating many of her most beautiful and impressive works. The many illustrations of her drawings and paintings serve as a visual touchpoint to accompany her concise descriptions of the different steps that go into building the layers of color, texture and detail that go into every one of Olivia's works of art. Whether you are an artist, or you just enjoy looking at art, this book will give you insite into the mind of one of America's best. Enjoy.
Like many wildlife painters in America, Livvy came to know her craft through an intimate familiarity with her natural surroundings. She was raised in South Central Alaska and now lives and paints in the Rogue Valley, Oregon. Livvy is a member of New York’s prestigious Society of Animal Artists and viewed by many as a premier nature artist and fervent conservationist. In 1998 she was chosen as one of six American “wildlife painters to watch” by InformArt magazine. Her most current recognition is an Award of Merit in the Grand National Celebration of Western Art in San Francisco, and inclusion in the recently released book titled Strokes of Genius - The Best of Drawing.