In the Audubon Tradition Exhibition

About Lori Anne Dunn

Wildlife artist Lori Dunn has become one of the world’s foremost scratchboard artists. After earning a degree in zoology, she spent 15 years as a zookeeper and naturalist. These years of experience gave her an appreciation for nature conservation and the ability to depict wildlife in a realistic and highly detailed manner. Lori is now a full time wildlife artist with a strong focus on preserving biodiversity.
Lori’s chosen medium of scratchboard consists of three layers of material. A hardboard base is coated with a layer of white kaolin clay, sanded smooth, and a layer of black India ink applied over top. The image is engraved through the ink into the clay layer using an extremely fine tool such as a surgical scalpel blade. This medium is considered by many artists to be one of the most difficult to master. It takes a very steady hand to maintain the correct pressure required to etch each fine line to a particular depth on order to achieve tonal variation. Lori particularly loves this medium for the ability to focus on light and shadow, rather than color, as well as the unsurpassed level of detail that can be created using just the tip of the knife.
Lori Dunn’s scratchboard artworks have garnered International recognition, winning awards in several exhibitions. She is a signature member of The Society of Animal Artists, and has a Master title from the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Many of her works have been exhibited in museums and galleries across North America. She works from her home studio in Norwood, Ontario, Canada, where she happily spends her free time enjoying nature in all of its forms.


Lead Singer



5 x 7 unframed

What could be more endearing and engaging to the average home owner than having a beautiful green tree frog taking up residence on their property! This species (Hyla cinerea) is native to the Southeastern and Central US, and common in suburban areas.

Equipped with sticky toe pads and the ability to climb, they can often be found on the side of houses looking for moths drawn to porch lights, or resting in trees by day. A chorus of tree frogs at night is emblematic of the spring season and a sound many people look forward to every year.

Rendered in the medium of scratchboard, this piece was meticulously etched into an ink covered clayboard using the tip of an xacto knife. All values were created through a painstaking process of stippling or fine cross hatching to various depths within the clay. The background was created to give the illusion of a “bokeh” effect: the blurred circular elements achieved through out-of-focus photography.

How to Purchase
To purchase this artwork please email the name of the piece you want along with the artist’s name.
Erica Wainwright
Cincinnati Museum Center