BETTY LaDUKE

I am an artist with pen and sketchbook for shovel and earth.  My seeds are the sketches I create of agricultural workers at farms, orchards and vineyards as they plow, prune, weed or harvest our food. From field to studio, my sketches are the root of my artwork, that gradually evolve in the form of shaped, routed and painted wood panels.  These four or five foot tall mural panels become the workers, men and women, bending, stooping or stretching to harvest our foods.  I am grateful for my community's support of public art that honors workers by making their contributions visible.