Artist's Bio - Joan Tietz of Prairie Sunflower Studio

I am a mixed media artist. Paper is my main media – lots of kinds of paper. My paper is hand painted paper using acrylic paint and clay imprinting tools. I also make gelatin mono prints. I use mulberry paper and environmental print. Additional media is modeling paste. The papers are my palette and my scissors is my drawing tool. Matisse paper cuttings are my inspiration.

I reside in West Lafayette, Indiana with a forest in my backyard for inspiration. Many of my ideas come from nature. I have an art minor with an education major which has enabled me to teach art in schools and in my studio.

Paper collages are fun to make. I am able to achieve textures and vibrant colors. My vision is that my art makes people happy and joyful.

 - Joan Tietz