Minisa Robinson was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. The daughter of a professional fine artist, she grew up knowing a love and respect for art. Minisa spent most of her life developing her artistic skills in many different types of media including oil paints, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, ink, and more. She worked for 12 years as a graphic artist and publisher before becoming a self-taught pyrographic artist. Using a hot metal tool and a steady hand, Minisa burns realistic images onto unfinished pieces of wood. Her artwork reflects her appreciation of the Rocky Mountains and the wildlife that lives there.
Minisa has recently started painting with alchohol inks as well. The bright and vivid paintings lean towards abstract but offer a colorful vision that is often open to interpretation.
What is Pyrography?
Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.
The term means "writing with fire", from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing). It can be practiced using specialized modern pyrography tools, or using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens.
A large range of tones and shades can be achieved. Varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the iron is applied to the material all create different effects. After the design is burned in, wooden objects are often coloured. Light-coloured hardwoods such as sycamore, basswood, beech and birch are most commonly used, as their fine grain is not obtrusive. However, other woods, such as pine or oak, are also used. Pyrography is also applied to leather items, using the same hot-iron technique. Leather lends itself to bold designs, and also allows very subtle shading to be achieved. Specialist vegetable-tanned leather must be used for pyrography (as modern tanning methods leave chemicals in the leather which are toxic when burned), typically in light colours for good contrast.
Pyrography is also popular among gourd crafters and artists, where designs are burned onto the exterior of a dried hard-shell gourd, usually with dramatic results.