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Welcome to my art.
I am mostly a self-taught artist which only means I play until I figure something out.
My ongoing education in art takes place through my passion and pleasure in the exploration of certain creative processes.
I started working in batik on silk fabric over thirty years ago. Batik has become my voice. When dye touches silk fabric it spreads like crazy. The wax creates a boundary. It is this dance of control/no control that captivates me for hours. Through this ethereal quality, I try to convey the essence of a place and of the creatures and plants that dwell there.
I started exploring palette knives and oils in 2014 and it has become another way of expression for me.
In my mixed media pieces, I combine Ecoprinting on silk fabric (see below) with a palette knife and oils. I glue the finished silk fabric onto canvas using an acrylic medium. When dry, I use palette knives and oil paints to create sky, birds, fish, and other details. When completely dry, I spray with a varnish to protect the finished painting.
In Ecoprinting, silk fabric is bundled with various leaves and boiled for a period of time. The permanent colors and patterns that emerge result from the plants' combination with mordants and ph modifiers such as iron, vinegar, and copper. The fabric is then washed and ironed. Using this process I create unique one-of-a-kind silk scarves and clothing.
My inspiration comes mostly from the natural landscape. My work as a field camp manager and cook around the state of Alaska allows me to experience wonderful, wild, and remote places. I have been as far south as Antarctica as well. Like the cold, the beauty of Antarcticaʼs changing light cuts deep to the bone.
Hours spent observing, then I go indoors and create.
I like the movement of birds. They sometimes fly into my work. I like the quiet of the trees. They too, sometimes enter my paintings. And I love the stillness of the land.
I currently work in galleries and private collections all over the US, as well as in several countries around the world, including Antarctica.
Pacific Northwest Nature Photographer
Born in Skagit County, Jeff Sweet is a nature photographer based in Chimacum WA. He captures the diverse natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and beyond; his favorite subjects include water with movement or reflections, trees bathed in bright sun rays, and aerial perspectives captured from a helicopter. Influenced by the Port Townsend Print Night group, Jeff is mastering the craft of printing his work in both color and black and white. He is drawn to scenes with vibrant colors or high contrast, showcasing his prints on metallic and archival photo papers, both framed and unframed.