On the Cover | Mar. 18, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art by Patricia Mayhew Hamm

“Crescendo” by Patricia Mayhew Hamm
watercolor and gouache on yupo, 16” x 20”

Patricia Mayhew Hamm is a painter and workshop teacher from Chetek who has spent 30+ years honing her art. She has painted the gamut from the traditional many years ago, and now is a dedicated abstract artist.

"Many of my paintings are on Yupo. Yupo is not paper but polypropylene which came from the packaging industry. The paint cannot soak into it as it does on traditional watercolor paper, and it has to dry by evaporation, thus keeping the colors more vivid. This forces the artist to learn to paint with less water and more paint. I love brilliant color. I use what I consider my three C’s: color, contrast, composition. All good artwork of any kind must have a good blend of these three. Abstract art is what you would like it to be. One person may see a fish, another may see a person, thus: it is in the beholders eye." – The Artist

Volume One finds its cover art in a number of ways, from local art shows to random emails to knowing someone who knows someone who knows a great artist. The art always originates from a current or former Chippewa Valley resident. If you'd like to submit cover art, send us a letter.

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