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Andie Thrams ~ California

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Artist bio: “Sierra Nevada-based visual artist Andie Thrams uses watercolors in wildland forests to create paintings and artist’s books that explore mystery, reverence, and delight, while also grappling with the vanishing habitats of our era. Merging the lineages of illuminated manuscripts and natural history field journals with a contemporary art and science awareness, her imagery weaves intricate botanical detail into rich layers of shape, color, and hand-lettered text to evoke the complex interconnections within ecosystems of the Greater West.”


Field Studies series –Andie Thrams: “Field Studies is a series of unique (one-of-a-kind) artist’s books created on site in wildland habitats. Each illuminates a particular place, species, or experience, often with hand-lettered field notes and text addressing environmental grief (solastalgia). I work outdoors using materials easily carried into the field: ink, watercolor, and gouache on folded sheets of paper. I paint with twigs dipped into ink, use stream and sea water, and invite fungi, soil, leaves, seaweed, sap, and bark to stain the work. Back in the studio, I often add gold leaf to bestow a sense of the sacred.”


River Dream (Field Studies no. 28)
By Andie Thrams
Coloma, California: Andrea I. Thrams, 2017. One-of-a-kind.

4 x 11 inches, vertically extends to 38 inches; eight panels. Ink, watercolor, gouache, pencil, and river water on Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper. Endsheets, covers, and case of Cave Paper. Vertical accordion-folding structure. Panels with imagery front and back. Matching covers. In case with magnetic closure. Signed by the artist.

Andie Thrams: " This book was painted during a private 6-day rafting trip with close friends down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, in Idaho. FIELD STUDIES is a series created on site in wild habitats. Each work documents a particular species, place, or experience. During my wilderness sojourns, I work with watercolor, gouache, and ink on rolled or folded sheets of paper, lightweight materials that fit into my pack or kayak. My paintings and artist’s books chronicle these outdoor experiences and are prayers for wildness. Japanese screens have played an important role in the sacred settings of Shinto and Buddhist temples. May this work hold a sense of the sacred it was made with, and perhaps serve as part of a shrine or as an altar piece."

River Dream (Field Studies no.28) book
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SOLD Titles by Andie Thrams:


Birdsong: Boreal Chickadee
By Andie Thrams
Coloma, California: Andrea L. Thrams, 2018. One-of-a-Kind.

11 x 4 inches, extends to 38 inches; 10 panels. Accordion-folding structure. Ten panels with imagery front and back. Ink, watercolor, and gouache on Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper. Endsheets, cover, and folding paper case of Cave paper. Boards covered in green paper with illustrated paper title on front board. Enclosed in folding paper case with magnetic closure and paper title label on spine. Signed and dated by the artist.

Andie Thrams: "This book’s pages were painted during in early autumn in the boreal forest of interior Alaska while visiting a remote cabin accessible only by foot. 'Birdsong' is a series inspired by birds I see and har while painting in wildland forests. The bird for this book is the Boreal Chickadee. May this work hold a sense of the sacred with which it was made."

Birdsong:Boreal Chickadee book
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In Forests Volumes:

Volume I: Time in the Trees SOLD
Volume II: Meandering in Yosemite's Big Trees SOLD
Volume III: To Begin SOLD
Volume IV: The Calligraphy of Twigs & Trees SOLD
Volume V: Like the Heartbeat of a Tree SOLD
Volume VI: All So Green SOLD
Volume VII: The Gloaming SOLD
Volume VIII: Time to Go SOLD
Volume IX: On and On SOLD
Volume X: This Forest These Trees SOLD
Volume XI: Everywhere and All Around SOLD
Volume XII: Shuyak Island Enchantment SOLD
Volume XIII: The Dazzle and Delight SOLD
Volume XIV: Great Northern SOLD
Volume XV: Happy to Walk In SOLD
Volume XVI: Great and Graceful SOLD
Volume XVII: The Ground Falls Away SOLD
Volume XVIII: Natural History (Catkins) SOLD
Volume XIX: No Real Answer SOLD
Volume XX: Wild Aliveness SOLD
Volume XXI: Found, Again SOLD
Volume XXII: Beneath Oak & Pine SOLD
Volume XXIII: How Altered is Vision? SOLD
Volume XXIV: A Vision Made Real SOLD
Volume XXV: Nightfall Moonrise SOLD
Volume XXVI: Knowing the Edges SOLD

Volume XXVII: Walking Near Them SOLD
Volume XXVIII: Fall Into, Dwell Amongst SOLD
Volume XXIX: Re-Enchanted SOLD
Volume XXX: Sinking Into It All SOLD
Volume XXXI: Left to Wonder SOLD
Volume XXXII: A Queenly Mossy Place SOLD

Volume XXXIII: Not Knowing SOLD
Volume XXXIV: In A Snowy Chair SOLD
Volume XXXVI In Wilder Corners SOLD

Volume XXXIV
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Field Studies:  

Arnica gracilis (We Know Why) SOLD
Aster Sibirus (All the Time in the World SOLD
Claytonia Perfoliata (Just Right Here) SOLD
Populus fremontia var. wislizenii (Cottonwood)
Populus tremuloides (Autumn Quiet) SOLD
Aster Siberius (All the Time in the World)
Rosa woodsii (The Biggest Mystery) SOLD
Letharia vulpina
(Every Little Growing Green) SOLD






(We Know Why)
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Page last update: 10.29.2021


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