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July-August 2014

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Agate Artist Kirsten E. Gilmore (b. 1978)

When I first viewed Kirsten Elizabeth Gilmore's works online, I wondered how she could do such wonderful paintings of agates. She has put several of the steps involved in creating these paintings on her website ( Gilmore pours acrylic paints directly on wood and then “tilts the panel so the colored bands can stretch and merge.” She says that “the exciting part to me is that these paintings continue to move and change colors as they dry. Pastel-looking, wet puddles transform into translucent layers of vivid colors and subtle, organic patterns.” Her paintings lift the patterns of agate bands into a new realm of dreamy patterns that twist and turn, yet maintain realism, allowing the viewer to travel around and through their beautiful bands and patterns. Agate aficionados probably recognize that some of Gilmore's paintings depict agates from the Lake Superior region—she found them as a child near Duluth, Minnesota. In an upcoming series of paintings she will feature close-up views of crazy lace agates.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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