Biography

Photo: Winthrop Handy

My journey was inevitable. As a child I painted and drew flowers, birds, and strange insects on every wall left unguarded in our house. Subsequent “confinement” in my room for “defacing” my mother’s best wallpaper naturally led to more and more drawings while sequestered, which led to summer art lessons with an artistic cousin (a noted portraitist). This inevitably led to a college fine arts major, and finally, to a fabulous art school in Florida where I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven.

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — H.C. Anderson

Medical influences

Detailed artwork in my father’s medical magazines influenced me. While illustrating biology notebooks in high school, I knew I wanted to work with intricate details. Through the years I’ve painted portraits of people and animals, illustrated medical reports for a pathologist, drawn seashells for museums, books, and magazines, illustrated for archaeologists, developed an extensive line of note cards with nature themes (my attempt to keep my favorite long-time mail carrier in business), and designed wedding invitations, business cards, and countless other creative projects.

Exhibiting my work

It has been quite a journey. Now, my artwork is represented in corporate and private collections nationally, and in more than twenty countries. It would probably take twenty lifetimes to draw and paint all of the ideas constantly percolating in my mind.

Hiring me for commissions

My favorite subjects include orchids, peonies, irises, lilies, and wildflowers. At the moment, my commissions include passion flowers, dahlias, and Mayflowers. Perhaps your favorite flowers will be next?

View Mathilde’s  FLOWER and SEASHELL GALLERIES.

To buy a giclée print or COMMISSION a drawing, CONTACT Mathilde Duffy.

See ABOUT for her biography and art background.

 

Testimonial

“I find Mathilde’s artwork exquisite and one-of-a-kind! I still proudly show off my company’s logo that she designed from just a little sketch I gave her. This logo for my record label adorns every one of the over 125,000 CDs that have ended up in the hands of buyers and fans in over 45 countries around the world! Keep spreading your work and thank you for your talent, Mathilde!”  (Sept 29, 2012)

Silvard Kool: pianist, composer, recording artist, and
President, Musical Mollusk Recordings

Shopping for a small holiday gift?

If someone you know has a birthday or special occasion, visit my note cards/bookmarks gallery to find distinctive greeting cards, nature bookmarks, or other items.

Note cards printed from my drawings are $4.00 each, or $14.00 for four cards (envelopes included). Keep checking for more card selections. For Massachusetts orders, please add 6.25 % for sales tax.

To buy note cards or nature bookmarkscontact me.

My line of nature photography cards will be posted soon.

 

 

 

 

To view drawings of my flowers and seashells, visit the Galleries menu.

If you have inquiries about commissioning me for private projects,
please contact me.

Original giclée prints for sale

Visit my galleries to view original, high-resolution giclée prints of drawings that are available for purchase. The giclées, ranging in price from $50 to $150, are printed on archival paper. Print sizes vary from piece to piece, so let me know what size you’d like. To buy a print, or to commission a special drawing, contact me.

To view drawings of my seashells, or to shop for smaller gifts (such as note cards and nature bookmarks), see the menu at the top of your screen.

To learn more about me, go to ABOUT.

 

What are giclée prints?

Giclée prints (pronounced zhee-klay) are high quality fine art reproductions made with archival inks on canvas and archival papers. Advances in digital technology combined with meticulous printmaking techniques make it possible to create prints which are extremely accurate, and in many cases virtually indistinguishable from the original work of art. Unlike traditional offset printing, giclée prints do not use a pattern of dots to reproduce full-range color.

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Made with archival materials and properly protected, a giclée print can last as long or even longer than an original work (estimates range from 80-100 years and up). To properly care for giclée prints, they should be framed with archival materials, including acid-free matting and UV glass.

For more information about giclée prints (if you live in New England), contact
Joe Ofria, giclée print maker and photographer of art works.

My pencils and papers

I use at least ten different brands for varied effects. Sometimes I use all of them in one drawing. As time allows, I keep experimenting with new brands. I recommend The Encyclopedia of Colored Pencil Techniques by Judy Martin, especially because I’m in it.

Some of my favorite pencils include:

  • Derwent Coloursoft pencils are rich, velvety, and easily blended.
  • Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils are highly lightfast and great for blending.
  • Derwent Artist richly-pigmented pencils are excellent for detailed work and for burnishing shiny areas.
  • Prismacolor pencils have thick leads that blend well in larger areas.
  • Verithin pencils, as the name implies, work well in tight corners with their sharp points. They do not blend as well as the others because of the high wax content.
  • Derwent Inktense water-soluble ink pencils are quite brilliant in color and are perfect for permanent washes.
  • Caran d’Ache Neocolor II pastel “crayons” are water-soluble, but I can use  dry for drawing.
  • Conte pastel pencils and Derwent pastel pencils serve as my first layer of my drawings, a foundation upon which I place the next pencil layers. I like the build-up of colors, layer by layer.

My favorite papers include:

  • Arches, Cover Black, 22 x 30, 250 GSM (Made in France)
  • Crescent Illustration Board, #310 Cold Press, Acid Free
  • Strathmore 500 paper