Monday, March 28, 2011
from the article "A Sense of Place" in the March /April issue of WNC Magazine (www.wncmagazine.com) :
"Plaxico is one of the few architectural illustrators who generates her renderings by hand (most are created using 3-D modeling software programs), so her work is in high demand. Many architects still want a collaborator to create artistic imagery and enhancements that give a true sense of place. It’s atmosphere and life which give her work that undefinable quality only attainable by an artist’s hand.
“Lorraine breathes life into her designs, adding people, landscaping, natural or man-made lighting, and overall character,” says Jane Mathews, an Asheville architect with whom Plaxico worked to illustrate several North Carolina Arboretum buildings. “She sometimes has to do this with very little information, as we might only be in the early stages of design.”
Khaled Allen, editor of Farm to Table Online, wrote: "Lorraine draws buildings for architecture projects and landscapes for fun, neither of which are very similar to vegetable booths. Nevertheless, as soon as she walked into the farmers market, she saw the potential for great art: she called the vegetable stands “still life waiting to happen.” That is a good way to describe Lorraine’s renditions of local produce: happening still lifes.
She prefers to draw fast and focus on the energy of the scene rather than its intricacies… Her artwork swirls and swells as if the vegetables she draws are still growing or caught so soon after being picked that they are still coasting to a steady state.
Her drawings are distinctly approachable. Just as farmers markets vegetables are not just for the gourmet and the connoisseur, Lorraine’s artwork is unpretentious. As she described it, it’s “not anything real highbrow; everyone appreciates fruits and vegetables.”
To read entire article: www.farmtotableonline.org/2011/03/lorraine-plaxico-local-food-artist/