My name is Josie Quack, and I am an illustrator, designer, and herbalist working under the name Tenderheart Studio. My work spanning across media (my primary modes are pen and ink and printmaking) serves as an opportunity to help connect people to the natural world.
As a student of the earth, I use art and illustration to encourage reciprocity with the land, rather than extraction and dominance; practicing that reciprocity is central to my process. Wandering through woods, splashing in rivers, growing a garden, and making plant medicine all inform my process of making artwork that serves as evidence of those experiences. What might not look like art from the outside is essential to cultivating an intentional relationship with the land that can then be spoken through my work.
I grew up in a small rural village in Ohio as a son of a cabinet-making wood carver and a seamstress. My extended family was filled with other types of craftspeople and artisans as well. With such a fertile garden of influence around me, I was inevitably drawn to the arts like a moth to flames.
Clay gives my hands the tactile experience I enjoy and has a wide range of applications. I found that the visual representation painting and drawing can achieve, clay can do as well when used in sculpting reliefs.
Gwen Gutwein Morning Mist on Seven Sisters Oil on canvas
“Several years ago I visited Wing Haven for the first time.
I was enamored by the old log cabin buried in the woods and the
caretaker’s home nestled in its beautiful setting with a dense canopy of trees
behind. At that time I didn’t take the
trek down to the little lake. Instead I
set up my easel and did a painting of a beautiful teepee dappled with dancing
light. It was a lovely warm day and I
left there satisfied with my painting.