Thursday, June 2, 2011

Studio Gallery Intern Review

A lifelike magnolia branch, dainty butterflies, and a charming border all make up Neena Birch's oil on canvas piece titled "Dried Magnolia Branch." The auburn colors and the realistic detailing of the dried magnolia branch are superb. Birch's shading adds astounding depth and texture to this waterless tree limb. Mellow butterflies fly and fade in the background. The sepia toned floral border is printed nicely on the ivory painted canvas. The placement of the branch is unique, in that it overlaps the printed border, making it the overbearing focus of the piece. Birch clearly has a gift of capturing the realism of nature while including her own personal touch of wildlife beauty.

Sarah Botzer
Pratt Institute 2015

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