The art of scratchboard dates back to the 19th century and remains a unique medium to see at festivals in Arizona.
On Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., scratchboard artist Paul Hopman will showcase this intricate art form during the Oro Valley Indoor Summer Fine Arts Festival.
After graduation from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Hopman started his career in 1971 as an illustrator and graphic designer. Over the past 40 years, his art has proved to be more than competitive in the professional art industry.
Scratchboard is a chalk-layered board with a thin coat of ink applied to the smooth surface, originally used in advertising products prior to photography. The artist takes a series of needles and removes the ink in a subtractive method. Color is then added with fluorescent chalks and inks to archive a natural look.
Over time, Hopman's passion has evolved to drawing a variety of animals, from exotic to domestic, and he has been widely commissioned for not only his amazing illustrations of wild animals but also endearing pet portraits.
Exquisite art, beautiful setting
The third annual event features live music, free kids' activities and fine artwork in the cool, air-conditioned setting of the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road
Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the festival's setting at the base of the majestic Pusch View Mountains brings the beautiful desert to life through the many artists inspired by the Southwest's landscapes and wildlife.
This year, attendees can expect to find up to 50 fine artists from around the region as well as live strolling performances throughout the weekend. Festival-goers can enjoy acoustic violin, jazz and bluegrass among fine, handcrafted artisan displays.