4" x 6" framed in black wood to 9.5" x 12.5"
inspired by the poem
asters, goldenrod, glistening bronze
burning bush, rising in tangled branches
on banks of the brown-green stream
through farm fields, down
from hills blazoned
with firs, oaks, maples,
the stream now quickening, cutting
through rock, above a path
winding with pine trees ,
the torrent now plunging
into a chasm, then eddying
around a mossy, tree-shadowed islet--
and walking down the path
to the small promontory with a jutting hemlock
I can feel my restless heart becoming
in an all-seasons mooring,
anchorite like the great
blue heron whose wide
slate-blue wings I watch
slowly lift and soar
into the sky, beyond the sedge
and flaming leaves of the euonymus bush
at the river’s edge.
— © Elizabeth Shafer
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT
For over fifty years I’ve worked in various art media: primarily in oil painting, but also in stonecarving, pastels and woodblock printing. My work is mostly figurative, but I always try to convey the spirit beyond my subject, whether this is a figure painting, landscape, or still-life.
I studied at the Art Students’ League in NYC during the 1960’s--1980’s, and at the Woodstock School of Art from about 1990-- 2005. After hiatus of ten years (when I was writing, and doing advocacy work as a lawyer and Board Member of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy) I’ve gone back to WSA, where I’m currently taking printmaking courses.
In the last few years I’ve taken courses at the Center for Book Arts in NYC on Japanese bookbinding. in which we learned how to make books, mostly about 6” x 9”, in the hanshi tradition. I’m also interested in writing, and have been trying to write poems and illustrate them with woodcuts to make hanshi books.