DescriptionThe Phragmite australis is a commonly seen wetland reed. It can be found in wetlands throughout temperate and tropical regions all over the world. It can grow up to 6 feet high and spread 16 feet or more per year. They typically grow in extensive stands or reed beds which can be as much as a whole square kilometer. Despite it's attractive appearance the phragmite is considered an invasive species and can be harmful to other native plant life. This shot was taken near the shore of Lake Erie where this reed is very abundant.
Shawna Rowe Member Since July 2012 Artist Statement I grew up in a creative family who loved photography, music, art and random hiking adventures. That helped me to develop a love for nature and artistic expression early on. I've never limited myself to one particular medium but I do favor graphic shapes, bold colors and whimsical style. Whatever the medium, I try to include some or all of those elements in my work.
My family has always been a big inspiration and they feature in a series of satirical cartoons that I've done just for fun over the years. Each year I make a new cartoon to celebrate each of my daughter's birthdays. I've also made my own greeting cards for family members over the years.
Lately, I've been making detailed magazine collages. Each one is made of 100% recycled paper cut into tiny shapes and carefully applied much like paint onto canvas. It's an art-form that requires a lot of time and patience but I love this unusual way of creating. Thank you for visiting my gallery!
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