Artist Spotlight + Inside the Artist Studio of D. Lammie-Hanson

“I feel if Kate Bush had a child with Trent Reznor and was raised by Maya Angelou… That would be my artwork.” D. Lammie-Hanson

D. Lammie-Hanson is a contemporary portrait expressionist. Her emphasis is primarily on the psyche of the individual who is a silent soul. As you explore her collection, you’ll notice that most of her subjects are portrayed with just one eye and closed lips.

Her recent series “Barna Black” was created in an artist residency in Barcelona, Spain and features mostly people of color and women using silverpoint drawn over a black background of charcoal and/or black chalk. This series uses charcoal that Lammie made from the wine vines in the Penedes region as a base against the entirely black paper. Next, she used the method of metalpoint (in this case pure sterling silver) as the drawing mechanism.

Metalpoint is a technique very ancient in origin.  The method of drawing is done with a piece of silver on a prepared surface. As it passes over the surface it leaves a thin deposit in the material and it can’t be erased.

“I studied how their skin glowed when light hit it, and I sketched on their light. I wanted to celebrate and create the reflection of light and beauty. This became the ‘Barna Black’ series.” – D. Lammie-Hanson

Lammie is one of the 12 Where Y’Artists selected for “300 for 300”, a collaboration with Nola Media Group for the New Orleans Tricentennial celebration. Read more here and be sure to check out her Artist Profile!