MARGARET MERRITT:  Printmaker and Papermaker
Turtle Map
2007
Drypoint
5" x 7" image' 13" x 15" mat
The beautifully patterned bottom shell, the plastron, of the eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) looks like a map to me and inspired this print. This turtle is widely distributed through eastern North America and is commonly seen lounging on logs in the ponds and streams around my NH home.

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