“Childhood On Camano Island” made with flower petals by Mike Mason

Inspired by the idea of translating a series of black and white family photos from the 30’s and 40’s with “botanical color,” I created my floral impression, “Childhood On Camano Island.” 

 

 

Artist statement for ‘Portraiture’

“This is a portrait of my Mother “Mitzi,” my aunt Rosemary, and their cousin as children celebrating at the beach.
They all stand together with shoes shaped from Petunia. The glowing skin illuminated by rose and carnation. I fashioned the clothing of roses, using hibiscus for the brightest white. The shy violet forms the shading. Sulfur cosmos were used to style the hair. My Mom’s eyes are the perfect Forget-Me-Not blue, and the rhododendron that I used for Rosemary’s reminds me that: things are always better with you. Using the reverse side of lotus leaves and  hydrangeas lent to an even softer shade, for the bright, but subtle hues needed to create the Sound. Lining up veins on the foliage and adding horizontal hydrangea “swatches,” with white Rose “caps,” suggest movement of the incoming tide. All the while, paying attention to the faint blue coast line of “Whidbey Island,” and the docked ships, working with pale blue Hydrangea reflections under the boats. Using three leaves I created the beach, choosing to present the pieces in a herringbone pattern to naturally suggest the textured sandy shores. Iris “glazing,” with other botanicals complete the land my family is standing on.”  Mike Mason

 

Q: Where, in the world, is Whidbey Island and Camano Island, you ask?

A: Whidbey Island is a large island located in Island County, WA, in the United States. Whidbey is north of Seattle, and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the Seattle-Metro corridor of western Washington. The island forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. It is home to a strategically significant Naval Base: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Residents are known as Whidbey Islanders. An estimated 29,000 of Whidbey Islanders live in rural locations on the Southern end of the island, and about 30,000 live in a urban setting. Residents distinguish themselves as “Northenders” or “Southenders” based on the region of the island where they live.  Camano Island is part of the San Juan Islands in Washington state.

 

The unique appeal of Camano Island is that it offers visitors a real-life island experience — without the hype.  There are a few restaurants, a handful of country-style grocery stores, bed and breakfast facilities, and intriguing fine art galleries to serve the elite few who have discovered Camano Island.

 

 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

May exhibition

 “Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia Clark-Finley, Rebecca Gore, Carolynn Wagler, Carolyn Macpherson, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.

The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject,” D. Fairweather.

Prize winning Portland Oregon native artist Mike Mason is a print making graduate of SFAI.  Mike is currently using his art to support natural wildlife habitat conservation.

“I create art in a form of flower impressionism. My art is created with nature’s paint brush. Using dried and pressed flower and plant product to create my brushstrokes. Each fragile petal is glued and perfectly placed in collage style.” –Mike Mason

Welcoming new artists Karen Doyle, Lisa Robinson and Shelby Silver.

Introducing new emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa K. Stokes.

 

Mike Mason previously offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode with pressed flower petals at Fairweather’s.

“Thank you for having Mike Mason’s first human portrait Floral Impression in your Portraiture Show! We are so excited to announce that the image was streaming as a Washington County Open studio image! Hope everybody will come to see this wonderful work of art!!! We will see each other very soon… Hydrangeas represent remembrance. So sweet.” Mike and Anny