Before the camera, artists were the interpreters of the visual world, taking oral and written descriptions of known and unknown flora and fauna and giving them form. This endeavor required a good deal of artistic license, a mixing of the true with the imagined that sometimes involved the coexistence of incompatible elements. Such artificial constructions of nature reflected the changing ideas and ideals concerning the environment, and my own drawings and paintings within this tradition often consist of scenes common to all living things – building shelter, gathering food, caring for young, and dealing with conflict and threat. They are moments outside of reality, but still recognizable in our current time as artists continue to bring into focus the real, the possible, and the fantastic around us.

Stephanie Anderson lives and works in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and is represented by Bernay Fine Art, in Great Barrington, MA.

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