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Nancy Pirtle-Connelly

Nancy Pirtle-Connelly

Artist Work

Bees Disappearing as Pollinators
2018
colored pencils, graphite pencils and pastels
31 1/16 x 20 3/4
Detail - Bees Disappearing as Pollinators
2018
colored pencils, graphite pencils and pastels
11 x 10 1/2 inches
Physostegia - Insect Visitors
2018
colored pencils, graphite pencils and pastels
20 9/16 x 29 1/8 inches
Mayapple Woodland
2018
colored pencils, graphite pencils and pastels
30 5/16 x 21 1/8 inches
Bloodroot Story
2018
colored pencils, graphite pencils and pastels
26 3/4 x 20 3/8 inches
Detail - Bloodroot Seedpods Under Leaves
2018
colored pencils, graphite pencils and pastels
5 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I am interested in Maryland native plants and am concerned as their pollinator populations are decreasing at an alarming rate due to diseases, pesticides, loss of habitat and other destructive population pressures. As such, I feel compelled to explore the interaction between Maryland native plants and their insect visitors as subject matter for a series of drawings. My native plant garden serves as my source of inspiration and for most of my data collecting. My plant and pollinator series of drawings are composed of complex story telling compositions. I observe and draw their different growing stages in detail starting with stem emergence from the ground, the plant’s development into a bud, the flower opening and pollen production, seed formation and finally dispersion of the seed. The drawings are arranged into a illustrated collage of different phases of the plant’s development with depictions of insects that visit or inhabit the plant during specific growth formations. Most of these insects act as pollinators during the flowering stage. The drawings frequently include a separate rectangular area located at the bottom of the drawing I refer to as a “visual footnote". The "visual footnote" contains illustration details of unique reproductive or visual attributes of the plant subject or something interesting about the pollinators.