Artist’s Statement

I observe and interpret the shapes, colors, and patterns of the natural world through art-making. I am particularly attracted to the medium of printmaking because there is an element of surprise inherent in the process, which drives my work and inspires me to make new discoveries. Printmaking naturally complements my desire to work in a series, and the “ghost”imagery left behind on a plate by the press is often a catalyst for my next print. I also paint with mixed media, work in collage, make artists' books, and experiment with Joomchi felted paper works. The discoveries I make using multiple media enrich my printmaking practice.

My printmaking work has a delicate, subtle quality, and often incorporates drypoint, lithographic, or hand-sewn lines with colored washes and shapes from relief and monotype plates. Layering is central to my processes in all mediums, as it creates opportunities for me to respond both spontaneously and in a calculated manner to fresh juxtapositions of imagery as they emerge. I am most interested in the tension that arises during the process of creating a piece of work. It could be called a tension that occurs between improvisation and planning, or between spontaneity and measured intention.

Recently, I have been working on a series of abstract monoprints that evoke atmospheric botanical worlds. I am exploring the use of calligraphic drypoint lines and layers of monotype color to depict floating organic shapes and patterns. In some pieces I arrange bleed prints into larger collaged compositions which join in seamless or abrupt ways. My hope is to create a connection to the beauty of line, color, and texture in the natural world around us through this work.

August, 2023