Growing up, my ambition as a child was to illustrate children's books, or do the cover of the New Yorker Magazine! I was always drawn to the whimsey of flat patterns and animals. I drew with rapidograph pens, coloring in with watercolors.
In college, I was introduced to printmaking, primarily intaglio.
It was the intimacy, the texture, the flatness, I enjoyed.
I could work on a small plate, or multiple plates with colors, and when ready to print, there was always an element of surprise.
Unlike painting, I had to wait through the inking of the plate, the soaking of paper, and running it through the press, to see what I got.
After college, I spent a quarter in Mexico studying silkscreening and batik. Batik also held the element of surprise. Between dying the cloth, and applying the wax to resist the dye, the process would be a continual building up of layers of colors. A lot of the process was working in negative space and only after removing all the wax, there was again that element of surprise, seeing what I got.
For over thirty years, I have sent out Christmas cards using linoleum print to chronicle my year.
Now, I am back to the small intimate pieces of tile, using as my subjects, my dog, cats, pets of friends, birds, chickens, guinea hens, goats, llamas, and horses in the neighborhood.
I work in black and white as well as color, often creating a collage background specifically designed for the individual piece. The results are infinitely varied and never boring.
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