A Portrait in Progress

The original photo of Heidi

Photo of Heidi
Susan creates Portraits of Their Essence from photographs of the "fur person." They can be snail-mailed or emailed. She likes the photographs to be close ups that are well lit and show detail.

The finished portrait of Heidi

Finished Portrait
The animal's unique personality can be magically captured in the portrait.




The first step in creating a Portrait

First Step
Fiber pulps are processed from plant structures. You can see them in containers around this portrait that is almost finished. She has applied them the papermaking mould... which is simply a framed screen... with such tools as a turkey baster and cups.

The original photo of Heidi

Second Step
Then the pulp is shaped into image with a pointed bamboo knife. Fine detailed work is done with an eye dropper and tweezers. A finished portrait consists of many layers of pulp that have been applied to the screen and then shaped…all the work is done "wet."

The first step in creating a Portrait

Third Step
Then the piece is allowed to dry and peeled off the screen - a finished art piece.