Tuesday, April 22, 2008

About the founders of ISA

Gerrit Verstraete is from the province of British Columbia, Canada. He is Dutch by birth, and since 1958, Canadian by nationality. In addition to traditional classical figurative drawing, abstract painting, and experimental works on paper, he is passionate about silverpoint drawing and an enthusiastic member of that small worldwide group of artists who share the same passion. He is also an arts education advocate, founder of the Drawing Society of Canada, and the online Canadian Academy of Drawing. His artwork appears in numerous private and public collections.

Jeannine Cook is from the state of Georgia, USA. She is Tanzanian by birth, European by heritage, British-American by nationality, Jeannine Cook is one of a small number of artists worldwide who specialize in silverpoint drawing. Passionate about sharing the beauty of this medium, she frequently writes and lectures about it, in addition to furthering her own and other artists’ opportunities to exhibit silverpoints. Her luminous watercolor paintings complement her shimmering drawings executed in silver. Cook’s work is in many public collections in the United States and Europe.

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