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Alexandria, VA 22314

Laura Weaver Huff

Media:  Printmaking (silkscreen)
Studio: 325
:  301.762.2819

Summer Chestnut Leaves
Silkscreen – 10” x 9”

The American Chestnut Tree – Past and Future
Silkscreen and colored pencil – 18 1/2”x 16 ½”
Silkscreen Collage – 19 1/4” X 16 1/2”

Though technical precision is an important component of my photographically-generated screenprints and collages, I want my work to express my joy in nature, color and design above all else. Using layers of transparent colors with strong contrasts, I focus on imagination, variety, energy, rhythm, repetition and symmetry. I search for subjects that feature unusual patterns, textures and forms in nature. From a skeletonized leaf, I have created many different compositions, all  from repeating, overlapping and enlarging this one image (see Connected above.)  Currently, I am developing a series on American Chestnut trees, which were decimated in the East when a fungus struck them around 1905. Above are examples: Summer Chestnut Leaves, and The American Chestnut Tree – Past and Future, which was based on an 1878 engraving called Gathering Chestnuts. 

My educational background spans three schools: Syracuse University, the University of
Delaware (B.A. Degree with Honors in Art and Education,) and the George Washington University (M.F.A. In Graphics.) I have taught art in many centers and schools in the area, including Montgomery College in Germantown, the D.C. Coalition for the Homeless, and Arts for the Aging. Since 1979, I have been a regular contributor to the Original Print Calendar. I have been affiliated with the Torpedo Factory and the Art League since 1977.

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