Rachel Carson

“Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson began her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her financial security and recognition as a gifted writer. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the republished version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. Together, her sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life, from the shores to the surface to the deep sea.

In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation and the environmental problems caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented portion of the American public. Silent Spring, while met with fierce denial from chemical companies, spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy—leading to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides—and the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.”

Ink and inkwash on clayboard with scratchboard technique. Part of my ongoing series of biologists, naturalists, and environmentalists which will be on display at
Will be on display at Irvine Nature Center (www.explorenature.org) in Owings Mills, MD from May 18-July 30, 2011.

Not sure how I feel about the technique I used in the context of the rest of the pieces of the series. It may be too different. I ordered more clayboard thinking I’d do a few more pieces this way so it wouldn’t be the only one, but the better move in the end may be to redo this as ink and watercolor on paper. We’ll see, when everything else is done.


One thought on “Rachel Carson

  1. even so…
    …i’m glad to see this and hear of such technique. very interesting. being able to cleanly scratch through wash is way cool.

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