Artists Open Studio Dates:

November 29, 30, December 1 & December 7, 8
Artist will be demonstrating

Pyrography: Drawing with Fire: 

Hoffman has been engaged in the art of pyrography since March 2014.  Though her first few pieces were somewhat tentative and mostly linear in nature, she quickly gained confidence, moving on to what she is well known for, highly detailed and three-dimensional in appearance.  The artist tends to work in series: landscapes, underwater/fish, horses, raptors, and owls.  Cutting the wood foundation for some of her pieces with her scroll saw gives an additional feature to her work. Recently she has been making puzzles and clocks.

Hoffman's Art:

For much of her life, Aline's works have been representational, a style she calls “emotional realism.” Besides her pyrography, you will see a variety of other media in her studio: pencil, pen & ink, oils, Chinese Brush painting, stone and metal sculptures, and what she calls her birch series.  In the 1970s, Hoffman delved into Abstract Expressionism – oils on canvas. Of her present pyrographic works, some of her artist friends who have watched her progress from one medium to other, suggest that all that training shows up in her pyrography.

Hoffman welcomes you to Maple Brook Studio.

Many of Hoffman's pieces are in private collections.

Artist Statement:
My work is, and always has been, inspired by nature and by what I believe is the magic of lines. Lines define shapes and add details, the defining characteristic of my artistry. My preferred subject matter: trees, mountains, and animals. I am inspired by dormant deciduous trees, enticed by the intricacies of spider-webbed twigs framed against the sky. Creatures of fur or feathers challenge me to make them appear three-dimensional on a flat surface, so much so, that many viewers want to touch my art and when they do, are surprised by the flatness.

From pen & ink to pyrography, with a variety of media in between, a natural leap. Pyrography is a visceral experience: I love the natural colors of burned wood, feeling no need to add color.

I have 10 different pens for my Razortip SS-D10, a dual burner machine. I generally do not do a pencil sketch to then redraw with pyrographic pens, though I do plan out a piece when I am cutting shapes on my scroll-saw. I begin with an idea, sometimes inspired by the wood itself. If I'm pyrographing an animal I start with the eyes, penciling in their location. This approach comes from my training in Chinese brush; to capture the soul of the animal. Once I am satisfied with the eyes, I work on the rest of the piece, burning lightly, reworking an area to darken with appropriate pens.

I work in my studio under bright lights to see the detail.

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