Duffie to speak at CVAA meeting
The Carson Valley Art Association will hear guest speaker John Duffie, an internationally-known artist who lives in Walker, at its next meeting.
The public is invited to the event, which will be held in the meeting room of the Douglas County Library in Minden, 1:30-4 p.m., Feb. 27.
Duffie’s pen and ink drawings express his wonder of nature’s splendor. He uses the technique known as pointillism in which he lays thousands of tiny ink dots on white paper to create his scenes of the American West and Southwest.
He started in oils, but though he found them successful with the public, he was not satisfied. He found his medium while preparing to paint a mill in Santa Rosa, Calif. in 1968.
In keeping with his traditional art training, Duffie first made a black and white study in pen and ink.
A telephone call interrupted his work just as he completed the study. When he returned to his drawing, he realized that pen and ink was the medium he was looking for.
“I saw that with black and white, you could display the emotion of color and light,” he said.
Gaining more and more of an audience within the U.S. and the rest of the world, Duffie has expanded his subjects and even added some color to his black and white pointillism pieces.
Many of his works depicting ancient pueblos and the fantastic rock formations of the Southwest have earned him praise, and he has had private showings of his work in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Europe and the Far East.
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