A few days ago, after many months of hard, behind the scenes work, we now have a society to represent scratchboard artists all over the world. We are taking members at ‘associate’ (open to all) and ‘active’ (juried) levels now, and in March of every year current ‘active’ members may choose to apply for ‘signature’ or ‘master’ levels. All information you need about the membership levels, goals of ISSA and other information about scratchboard are on our website at www.scratchboardsociety.com
I have a new zebra scratchboard from my time at Etosha National Park in Namibia. The last one was a commission so I don’t have it anymore but it seemed to be quite popular with people on the internet that I wanted to do another similar one, although with a different composition, and keep hold of it to enter into shows. This is larger at 20″ x 16″ and took a long time to finish. It’s done entirely with the fibreglass brush and washes of diluted ink.
I’ve titled it “The Lifeblood of Etosha”, referring to the permanent waterhole they are drinking at, and also the zebras themselves which keep the tourists coming back, keeping Etosha a viable and magnificent park.