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Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
updated: 07/07/2010
website: www.banjiesart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Fearless Freefallo
Vernal Equinox
Parrot Presides
Hidden Hopes
The Attic of my Soul
Nature of Time
Single and Pairs
Humble Beginnings
Sharing the View
Retired from Flight
Presence
Blessing
Primary
Butterfly Sunday
Natural Selection
 
Portfolio Keywords:  science, spiritual, still life, animals, illustration, nature, organic, narrative, text
 
 
Fearless Freefallo by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Fearless Freefallo
egg tempera
7/7/2010
10" x  13" 
Vernal Equinox by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Vernal Equinox
Silverpoint/Copperpoint
2007
13" x  18" 
Parrot Presides by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Parrot Presides
egg tempera
2009
15" x  12.5" 
Hidden Hopes by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Hidden Hopes
Silverpoint/Pastel
2006
11" x  14" 
The Attic of my Soul by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
The Attic of my Soul
egg t empera
2008
20" x  16" 
Nature of Time by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Nature of Time
egg tempera
2009
12" x  9" 
Single and Pairs by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Single and Pairs
egg tempera
7/7/2010
11" x  14" 
Humble Beginnings by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Humble Beginnings
Silverpoint
2007
9" x  11" 
Sharing the View by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Sharing the View
egg tempera
7/7/2010
6" x  8" 
Retired from Flight by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Retired from Flight
silverpoint on panel
2008
8" x  6" 
Presence by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Presence
egg tempera
7/7/2010
9" x  12" 
Blessing by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Blessing
egg tempera
7/7/2010
9" x  8" 
Primary by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Primary
egg tempera
7/7/2010
14" x  110" 
Butterfly Sunday by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Butterfly Sunday
egg tempera
7/7/2010
14" x  11" 
Natural Selection by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Natural Selection
egg tempera
7/7/2010
8" x  10" 

Artist Statement

 

 

            Working in egg tempera or silverpoint, my current work is generally still life with realistically represented objects from nature, antique toys, or treasures from my studio. As a licensed wild bird rehabilitator and bird lover much of my work includes birds whose lives have touched mine in some exceptional manner. Nests, feathers and eggs have personal symbolic significance to me as well and are frequently depicted in my paintings and drawings.

            Each piece has a story. These stories, sometimes in the form of journal entries describing current experiences and sometimes describing the importance of the objects in the painting or drawing, are often written beneath the paint or are semi-legible beneath paint or silverpoint.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Nature has been the strongest influence in Banjie Getsinger Nicholas’ life and art since her early childhood in rural Northwest Connecticut. The second of five children, she grew up surrounded by creative siblings and parents in a time and place that allowed children freedom and independence to experience the outdoors without many of today’s anxieties. During this time her observations of birds, plants and insects formed the foundation of what excites her as an artist today.

In 1989 Banjie first experienced raising and releasing a baby catbird which eventually led to her acquiring both state and federal permits as a wild bird rehabilitator. At this time she began attending college where she focused her interest on biology and art, graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2001. From early spring to late summer she is rarely without baskets of baby birds being fed throughout the day until their eventual release. These birds provide much inspiration for her work which frequently features eggs, feathers and nests.

Her other strong area of interest is metamorphosis - it’s reality and metaphor. For many years she has raised Cecropia and Promethea moths and hundreds of Monarch, Swallowtail and Painted Lady butterflies sharing the thrill of observing the stages of metamorphosis with anyone who is interested.

In 2002 Banjie was awarded a Martha Boschen Porter Grant and began working toward certificates in Botanical Illustration and Natural Science Illustration at The New York Botanical Garden. She completed both programs in June of 2004 and now teaches art at the Washington Art Association, The New York Botanical Garden and to private students in her studio. She has worked in many mediums but favors the delicate line and precise detail of egg tempera and silverpoint.

Banjie teaches art in a variety of institutions as well as private students in her studio.

In November 2005 Banjie married Steve Nicholas and the couple live in Warren, CT with their two parrots and an assortment of feathered guests.