Nancy Lawton was born on February 28th. She is best known for her graphite and silverpoint portraits and botanicals. While she has work in the collections of major U.S. museums, there isn't much about her online.
I appreciate how she captures emotion and creates dynamic compositions. Those decisions elevate her work to another level. I also never gave silverpoint much thought but after seeing her work I might give it a try. Silverpoint is an technique for drawing that was developed before graphite (pencil lead) was readily available. In the silverpoint technique you scratch the surface of a painted panel with a sharpened piece of silver. It doesn't blend so the artist doesn't have to be careful of their hand resting on the drawing surface.