2021 Tour Update:
Tour Guides will not be mailed this year. Once printed they will be available at Town Halls, Libraries, Sponsor Businesses, and of course, from participants.
Visitors need to check with artists they wish to visit to find out what their individual covid restrictions will be at the time of the tour, i.e.: a limited number of visitors, mask requirements, use of provided hand sanitizer, curbside pickup only, etc.
Hoffman is a versatile artist exploring a variety of media during her life-long career as an artist.
She is inspired by nature. When creating creatures of fur, feathers, and fins, she loves the challenge of bringing life to each starting with the eyes. Once she has captured the essence/soul of the creature, she moves on to the rest of the piece. Hoffman's training in the art of Chinese brush shows up in her landscapes, especially in her newer painted gourds.
No matter what medium she's working in, her process involves the ‘magic’ of lines that define shapes and details. This is especially apparent in Hoffman's pen & ink drawings and pyrographic (wood-burned) works as she constructs the three-dimensionality that is a defining characteristic of her artistry.
Those of you who have been to her studio are familiar with her detailed pyrography work. Though there are still a number of pieces still on her walls, there will be no more wood-burning work added to them. She's chosen to stop burning to protect her lungs, only wearing her respirator when she's cutting
I begin with an idea, sometimes inspired by the wood itself. I generally do not pre-sketch on the wood - preferring to begin each piece with pyrographic pens, though I do create a basic plan when I am cutting shapes with my scroll-saw.
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.
Since September 2020 I have had to stop burning due to a recently diagnosed lung condition, however, not to be thwarted, I am finding new ways to continue working.
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