Pierce College Puyallup’s fine arts gallery premiered the work of Becci Crowe, artist and adventurer, on Feb. 4.
Crow specializes in wildlife and tribal portrait art, and her desire to study such subject in their natural habitat has led her to travel across six continents and more than 41 countries.
All of her pieces will be on display until March 22 in the fine arts gallery in foyer of the Arts and Allied Health building.
Whether it be a journey into the misty forests of Rwanda in search of Dian Fossey’s endangered Mountain Gorilla, or leading a safari to Botswana, Crowe draws inspiration from the amazing places she has been. Inspiration that Crowe channeled into her pieces, constructed by way of the painstaking process of pointillism.
Crowe is an active member in the art community but is equally as active as an adventurer.
“This documentary presentation and artwork in the gallery is the Becci’s follow up work to her documentary As Close as You Dare,” gallery’s curator Elizabeth Sorenson said.
Her documentary aired on PBS, and she is premiering her new documentary at Pierce College at 3 p.m. on Feb. 17 in the theater.
Crowe also is premiering new artwork based on her recent travels to Africa, Sorenson said.
Crowe’s first experience with a different culture was when she left home when she was 19. After growing up on the Pacific Coast, Oklahoma seemed like a foreign country.
“The land and culture was alien to me. Even after 10 years it never felt like home. I not only missed my family, I still missed my country,” Crowe said.
When Crowe married her husband, an officer in the military she then started he experience of worldwide travel, but of all the places she lived, she never considered one home until she traveled to Africa. There in Tanzania she discovered a place that she could call home, and from that point on she has maintained a relationship with the culture and wildlife of that country.
“I don’t know where this strong feeling came from other than a deep primal knowing, buried in my DNA, that my roots were there. This feeling has never left me,” Crowe said.
Her love for Africa, its wildlife and peoples, is present in her work. Crowe spends weeks on one piece, painstakingly including every detail she can to create an accurate representation.
She uses pen and ink to produce the tiny points that blur together to create the image. This process requires thousands of dots, but her final result is not like that of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Instead it is a Maasai warrior, A San Bushman or a juvenile elephant that emerges out of the thousands of colored dots.
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