Ketchikan artist Margie Kraft has a strong affinity for the area’s beaches and forests. Her love of Southeast Alaska is reflected in her psychedelic, nature inspired work. Some of her favorite subjects are treasures found while beachcombing the Alaskan shores- moon snails, kelp, urchins, and octopus, to name a few.
When she's not making artwork, Margie works for the State of Alaska. She describes her job as very "cerebral" and challenging, with not much room for creative expression. She relishes in her time spent experimenting with her inks- playing with color and exploring new techniques from her art studio overlooking the Tongass Narrows. Though the view is usually gray, instead of letting it get her down, Margie uses this as fuel to her colorful fire. Growing up in a place that is overcast more often than not, Margie has always been inspired by color and it is a central element in her work.
All pieces are original artwork consisting of hand mixed alcohol ink colors and hand painted synthetic Yupo paper. Each collage is painstakingly composed with Margie’s eye for balance, color, and shape. Each piece is mounted on cradled birch wood panels, sealed with UV protectant spray and clear resin then finished off with Margie’s signature on the back.
Though her work is ready to hang as it is, Margie doesn't put set hangers on the back that predetermine the orientation. She wants people to decide which way they'd like to hang it- unlike most artwork, there is no right or wrong, no up or down. You can hang it whichever way is right for you and your space!