I am an artist from Long Island and, although I do work in oils, I specialize in soft ground etchings that have a “painterly” effect. My inspirations are land and sea scapes-- scenes not only of local beaches but also of rural mountain areas.
I work full time as an artist and especially with the etching process. Etchings are actually a form of intaglio printing-- a process where a drawing is first done on a zinc plate and then immersed in an acid bath until the acid actually cuts or etches a line. The variations in tone are achieved by lengthening the periods of immersion in the acid bath.
Once the plate is etched, the colors are obtained by applying oil-based etching inks directly on the plate and then hand-pulled through a press. The plate has to be re-inked and wiped for each successive proof.
Everything is done by the hand of the artist and, although an etching is a “multiple,” and the colors are the same, each proof is different in subtle ways. Therefore, each proof is considered an “original.”
I market my work full time, worldwide and I have affiliations with many galleries. I have received numerous awards in Graphics and even Best of Show in 2 Dimensional Work at the prestigious Ann Arbor State Street Festival in July 2000. The 2001 January issue of the Journal of Forestry magazine featured a Flo Kemp etching on its cover. I also was selected to participate in the Arts in Embassies Program sponsored by the Department of State and two of my etchings were in the Embassy Gallery in Taipei 2003-2006. I am an active member of the National Association of Women Artists and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in Manhattan. I am also listed in Who’s Who in American Art.
I was recently named 2012 WOMAN OF THE YEAR in the ARTS by the Village Times Beacon newspaper chain on Long Island.