Inspired by the etching process, the
name, Scratchlings, defines the art. People started asking, How
can I own a Scratchling? That was the catalyst for the
artist to create this work for others, and not just for friends
The creator is Dar Warner, a talented
artist who has the infinite patience to create these time-consuming
pieces. This technique can take hours to complete just one square
inch. Dar enjoys the process as an active meditation.
Her subject matter is always the natural
world, unusual environments and the mystery we find so alluring
in animals. She knows her subjects well, often traveling thousands
of miles to be with the animals she depicts. She believes that
spending time with wild animals and/or those trained for the
movie business imbues her work with various feelings she experienced
while with them in their environment.
Dar, whose father was also an artist,
has studied art at the college level and in professional workshops,
and she has also worked privately with professional artists.
Some of the artists with whom she has studied include Gregg Murray,
Rock Newcomb, Terry Isaac and Susan Lambouri.
She has had one-woman shows, won various
awards for best in her medium, exhibited in the Anaheim Museum
of Art, Salem Art Gallery and was a featured artist at the Tucker
Wildlife Sanctuary. One of her pieces was also made into a permanent
bronze at Cal-State Fullerton University. Her work can be found
in private collections in California, Oregon and Florida.
Dars main desire is to share her
love and respect for animals and their environment. If owning
a Scratchling lights a little fire in you to respect and appreciate
all life and nature, then shes achieved her dream.
"My refuge has always been hiking
in nature, playing with my dogs and immersing myself in art of
the natural world. I would also like to state that any wolf picture
that is purchased will have a portion of the proceeds donated
to Wolf Haven International in Washingtion."
Recent and future shows and awards:
- Featured artist for the Tucker Wildlife
Sanctuary and their Art and Bird Faire Exhibit in California,
selling fourteen paintings. She will be presenting new work on
September 26, 2009 at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. Prints of
her work can also be purchased at their gift shop. Shell
repeat the Tucker Sanctuary Show in April of next year.
- She had a one-woman show at the University Center Gallery,
as well as a group show where she won best of her medium.
- She participated in a group show at the Anaheim Museum in California.
- Her work was on display at Bank of America and currently at
LPL Corporation and the California Medical Group.
- She was commissioned to create a picture of a couple of University
donors, which was given to them at a ceremony. The University
had a bronze made of her work, which then became a permanent
part of their VIP room for University donors.
- She has also enjoyed being a part of the holiday show for the
Bush Barn Gallery in Oregon.