HAND Art & illustration

Why hands?

I've always been fascinated with the art of packaging - wine labels, images on dishes, gift cards, you name it. I am intrigued with design and the qualities that make products attractive.

But with so many images representing the same themes - flowers, animals, whimsical characters - I wanted to tap into something unique and authentic - art that felt important to me and that would bring something new to the table.

As I started experimenting with sketching, hands were of particular interest to me. I studied the anatomical sketches of the old masters intently as a child. Many people think that hands are hard to draw, but they're not really. All it takes is letting go of what you know about hands, or think you know, and just drawing what you see.

I've discovered that the more hands I draw, the more ideas come to me. The niche has expanded before my eyes. What seemed like such a small topic in the beginning has begun to flood my mind with ideas.

What I've discovered is that hands, like flowers, are fascinating and beautiful. They are a part of virtually everything we do, and yet they are invisible to us. They create, they comfort, they build, they "talk", and move through space - all in front of our faces and we barely notice them. My art attempts to bring your attention to the two things that make your world possible - hands.


Member: Colored Pencil Society of America, International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Joan Chamberlain

My earliest memory of art is the intense fascination I had for the way Michelangelo captured the flowing folds of a voluminous robe as it draped across a model's legs. How he coaxed the effect of supple fabric from a block of marble - cold, hard. rock - had me enthralled. That was the first indication I had that a blank slate could become something magnificent with the right tools, and in the right hands.

Like many artists, I have more ideas than time. That's the exquisite torture of art - the temptations of textures, tools, colors, shapes, stories - all begging for expression in a life that has a finite amount of time. That precious commodity, time, taunts all of us who create.

I started creating art very early in life, and never stopped. I've experimented with many mediums and been influenced by many accomplished artists in design, sculpture, printing, and painting.

I create art daily. I take the inspiration I first felt studying the old masters and attempt to capture images that will inspire, inform, or delight. Hands are my tools and my subject matter. I find equal enjoyment working with pencil or paint, in large or small formats.

I recently retired from a 35-year career as a dentist. I was a pre-med major in college and often think the reason I switched to dentistry was the lure of all the nifty tools. Fortunately, art has plenty of nifty tools, too.