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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 inches
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

Why I Draw Plants and Insects: My Present Series In addition to a BFA from MICA, I acquired a second Bachelor degree focusing on landscape design and plant science courses from the University of Maryland in order to involve myself with conservation efforts. The accumulation of knowledge from the scientific classes changed my life’s direction. It took a few years but I developed a strong desire to return to art to draw the natural world with a conservational message and became more focused in my artistic endeavors firmly believing that art can make a difference. I am interested in Maryland native plants and am concerned as their pollinator populations are decreasing at an alarming rate due to pesticides and loss of habitat. As such, I feel compelled to explore the interaction between 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. In producing a plant drawing, I try to incorporate natural forms of the plant I observe into repeated patterns and various transparencies to stress a specific trait or growing phase and to add interest to the composition. The drawing becomes a 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. In contrast, some insects rely exclusively on one or two plants for food. Many times, these are caterpillars. I explore the interrelationships between these insects and plant illustrating their growth from egg into the chrysalis or cocoon stage.