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My drawings are integrally associated with my sculptures. They are part of a collective unfolding of the ship form. A constant in my drawings reference metaphorical and psychological imagery that parallel three-dimensional work.

A part of this approach are the overlapping Cumberland Flow and Ship Frag series of mixed-media drawings. These are small works that I sometimes expand into larger drawings, all which inspire new sculptures.

I develop concept drawings as an effective means to developing temporary installations, along with making a visual tribute to the created work.

 

 

CUMBERLAND FLOW I,
Acrylic, Pencil on Paper, 15”W x 22”H, 2012

 
  CUMBERLAND FLOW II,
Acrylic, Pencil on Paper, 15”W x 22”H, 2012
 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW III,
Ink, Pencil on Paper, 8 ½ ”W x 11”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW IV,
Ink, Pencil on Paper, 8 ½ ”W x 11”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW V,
Ink, Pencil on Paper, 8 ½ ”W x 11”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW VI,
Acrylic, Pencil on Paper, 15”W x 22”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW VII,
Ink, Pencil on Paper, 8 ½ ”W x 11”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW VIII,
Ink, Pencil on Paper, 8 ½ ”W x 11”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW IX,
Acrylic, Pencil on Paper, 22”W x 15”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW X,
Acrylic, Pencil on Paper, 15”W x 22”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW XI,
Ink, Pencil on Paper, 8 ½ ”W x 11”H, 2012

 
 

CUMBERLAND FLOW XII, Ink,
Pencil on Paper, 8 ½ ”W x 11”H, 2012

 
 

SHIP FRAG XVI, Ink, Acrylic on Paper, 11”W x 8 ½”H, 2011

 
 

SHIP FRAG XVII, Ink, Acrylic on Paper, 11”W x 8 ½”H, 2011

 
 

SHIP FRAG XVIII, Ink, Acrylic on Paper, 11”W x 8 ½”H, 2011

 
  ILLUMINATOR FLOWBY,
Graphite, Colored Pencil,
Acrylic on Paper,
30”W x 22 ½”H, 2008
 
  ILLUMINATOR FORE, Graphite,
Colored Pencil, Acrylic on
Paper, 30”W x 22 ½”H, 2008
 
    ILLUMINATOR FRAGMENT,
Graphite, Colored Pencil,
Acrylic on Paper,
22 ½”W x 15”H, 2008
   
    SHIP FRAG V, Graphite and Ink
on Paper, 11”W x 8 ½”, 2008
Collection of Jeff Whipple,
Jacksonville, FL
   
    SHIP FRAG VI, Graphite and Ink
on Paper, 11”W x 8 ½”, 2008
Collection of William and Pam Campbell,
Fort Worth, TX
   
    SHIP FRAG VII, Graphite and
Ink on Paper, 11”W x 8 ½”, 2008
Collection of Steven and Kae Geller, Savannah, GA
   
  FRAG I, Graphite, Colored
Pencil, Acrylic on Paper,
15”H x 22”W, 2005
 
    FRAG IV, Graphite, Colored
Pencil, Acrylic on Paper,
15”H x 22”W, 2005
   
    BLOWN AWAY, Graphite,
Colored Pencil, Acrylic on
Paper, 23”W x 30”H, 2006
   
    STAY AND RUST, Graphite,
Colored Pencil, Acrylic on
Paper, 23”W x 30”H, 2006
   
    WINDSWEPT, Graphite,
Colored Pencil, Acrylic on
Paper, 23”H x 30”W, 2005
   
    STRIPPED DOWN VERSION,
Graphite, Colored Pencil,
Acrylic on Paper,
23”H x 60”W, 2005
   
    ANCHOR KEY, Graphite,
Charcoal, Acrylic on Paper,
38”H x 24”W, 2004
   
    CONCEPT DRAWING: A
MYSTERIOUS SHIP SCULPTURE,
Graphite on Paper,
38:H x 24”W, 2003
 
    CONCEPT DRAWING: LA LUZ,
Graphite, Colored Pencil,
Acrylic on Paper,
22”H x 30”W, 2005
   
    CONCEPT DRAWING:
VINDAUGA, (WIND EYE),
Graphite, Colored Pencil,
Acrylic on Paper,
23”H x 60”W, 2004
   
    REFLECTIVE: INSTALLATION
FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
ART MUSEUM, Graphite on Paper,
22”H x 30”W, 2001
   
    BURN, Acrylic, Pastel and
Colored Pencil on Paper,
33 ½”H x 39 ½”W, 2002
   
    BURN III, Graphite, Colored
Pencil, Pastel, Acrylic on
Paper, 22”H x 30”W, 2002
 
    BURN IV: RELATED TO BROKEN
STERN: 31ON OF E, Graphite,
Colored Pencil, Acrylic on
Paper, 22”H x 30”W, 2002
 
 
Chris Nitsche | Savannah GA | 912-898-7584 | chrismel@bellsouth.net