Gina Litherland has for the past 30 years explored figurative painting in personal, invented dramas in order to contemplate folk tales, gothic literature, children's games, mythology and the natural world. Using a decalcomania technique, she develops images with a rich sense of texture and sharply delineated, vibrant color. Litherland has had solo exhibitions at Gruen Galleries in Chicago, the Haggerty Museum of Art, the James Watrous Gallery, Ripon College and Corbett vs Dempsey Gallery. She has shown in the Wisconsin Triennial, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Crossman Gallery at UW-Whitewater and the Lawton Gallery at UW-Green Bay. Her work is in permanent collections at the Illinois State Museum and the Chazen Museum of Art.
"I am currently participating in a project-based residency in printmaking at Studio 224. I am using the technique of drypoint to create a series of intaglio prints. In drypoint, the surface of a plate of either Plexiglas, zinc, or copper is scratched into, drawing the desired image with a sharp point. The technique of using the needle is more directly similar to drawing and is easier to master than engraving. The plate is then inked and put through a press in direct contact with a sheet of soaked and blotted paper. Drypoint generally produces a softer, velvety, almost blurred line compared to etching or engraving."