Dorothy Simpson Krause' Backwater is a 24 by 48 inch UV cured flatbed print diptych on Dibond with metallic pigments and mixed media. A brushy bank of golden scrub reflects in the dark, subtly rippled surface of a body of water, illuminated by a painterly gold green sky. The artist captures a moment of stillness in nature, the luminosity at once oddly precious and menacing. Much like the Hudson River painters of the 19th century, Krause finds the spiritual in nature. While Krause' luminous landscapes of water, nature and sky are acutely seductive, they frequently contain a subtle warning: the very real threat of climate change and rising sea levels.
Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. She is deeply inspired by nature, travel, and innovative art making processes. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums, and is featured in numerous current periodicals and books. Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and is a member of Digital Atelier (registered trademark), an artists collaborative. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and is a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products which may be used by fine artists.
Flatbed printers were originally designed for commercial applications: large billboards and signage. They use UV cured inks which are impervious to damage. The ink heads can be raised to allow prints to be made on a wide range of materials, some up to six inches in thickness. A pioneer in using this process in fine art, Krause has printed on polycarbonate, Plexiglas, aluminum, steel, tin, lead, wood, textured surfaces, recycled patinaed copper and various combinations these materials. Because these inks can transition over differing materials and sit on the surface of the substrate, the resulting print has a tactile quality resembling a serigraph.