Fall BA1: Naturalists

naturalist postcard image of rocks with exhibition schedule

UNCP B.A. Senior Capstone Exhibition

On View: November 2-10, 2021

Reception:  Friday, November 5, 2021 5-7 p.m.

Featuring work by:

Patrick Wachtler, Karina McMillan, and Kelsey Pearce


Three senior Studio Art students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will be putting on their Senior Capstone exhibition starting November 2nd through November 10th. The opening reception will take place on November 5th at 5:00 pm. This event is welcome to the public and all are encouraged to come and enjoy the artwork from these three artists.

“I sculpt and paint works inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the human-caused threats they face and the resulting impact. By experiencing my work viewers may feel as if they are being bombarded by a multitude of disturbing images and forms that represent the continual blows dealt to the various species and ecosystems. I sculpt in mostly natural materials such as metal, glass, clay, and wood. I paint primarily in oil and watercolor. I also use various printmaking techniques to create images that help continue the story of a battered Earth and human folly.” – Patrick Wachtler

“Plants have become a common subject matter for me. In my daily life, I use gardening as a therapeutic tool to ground myself. Within my art, not only do I find plants and flowers to be aesthetically pleasing, I also find them to be soothing to create. I often show the relationship between humans and the natural flora around them to help explore interpersonal relationships as well as to come back to myself, the gardener.” – Kelsey Pearce

“All the art that I create has ties to my identity and who I am as an artist. Although each piece may be visually different from the next, they all have a certain look that I want to uphold in my art. I enjoy the brightness that gold leaf and gold paint does to my pieces. I want to include every detail I can in my art, so it is like the viewer is there in that space and understands everything as well. I use oil paint, acrylic paint, various printmaking techniques, and mixed media to get my ideas across through my art.” – Karina McMillan