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Desert Textures
Justine Mantor-Waldie

Born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin and living in the middle of an extensive corn field. Justine Mantor's earliest experiences were the land and sky. Her earliest childhood impressions were the glowing sunsets of
In Mantor's mature work her inspiration has come from Arizona's varied earth textures and sky atmospheres which have become sources for Justine Mantor's Ink and Etching landscapes
Originally trained in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Justined earned her B.F.A. Degree with the nationally recognized Printmaking teacher, Vera Berdich. At Northern Illinois University, Mantor studied printmaking under David Driesbach, where she received her M.A. and M.F.A. Degrees. Mantor was one of the few Post-Graduate students to continue the complex layered Viscosity method of printing three colors at the same time on one plate using inks and heavy, rubber rollers on a deeply etched zinc plate. The method was taught in class and was originated in France at the Atelier of Stanley William Hayter.
Justine taught Printmaking Drawing, and Color Theory as an Associate Professor at Loyola University of Chicago for 22 years. She developed spinal injuries which forced her to stop the heavy, labor-intensive viscosity printing and forced to seek other media that could present the same layering effects.
Moving to Arizona in 1989 Mantor was able to pursue extensive experimentation with new methods for three years while she was the Drawing and Painting Artist in Residence for the City of Phoenix. She created workshops in collage, mixed media watercolor, and extensive work in Clayboard in color and textural effects. The varied Clayboards and Scratchboards from Ampersand have given Mantor new surfaces for experimentation. Using ink for painting Mantor concocts layers of iridescent inks bubbling up through transparent colored inks and combined with etched lines created with an etching needle, to produce a series of shimmering landscapes, sunsets, and desert cactus closeups. In addition to her large paintings Justine is reknowned for her small, incredibly detailed, jeweled appearing 7 x 5" desert landscapes scenes. Her painting have an airy, moving linear quality, similar to Van Gogh's passionate paintings.
The Southwest is a never-ending source of excitement and ideas as Justine Mantor is continually challenged to find new methods to illustrate the mysterious and changing desert.