Tribute for the President of Pharmaceutical Company 2002
Written out in Black stick ink and illuminated in watercolors, gouache, and 23k burnished gold leaf on Calf- skin Vellum.
The inspiration for this piece comes from early manuscripts, the client requested something grand and "Cloisters-like"
Vellum is real animal skin ( for the uninitiated), which must be specially prepared. It was used historically in ancient manuscripts and books before the use of paper became widespread. It's surface is notable for the beautiful way it takes writing and the vibrance of colors used in decoration.