I have been creating monoprints for over 25 years. I’m influenced by the places I have visited, inspired not only by the raw beauty in nature and the emotional responses they can elicit, but also by the awe of being surrounded by buildings in an urban setting. My surroundings are reflected in my work, fleeting images I see when passing by. Many of my ideas come to me when I’m walking or driving from place to place. I capture the images with my cell phone, a way of recordkeeping, which I eventually use in my work.
As a printmaker, process is important to me, and I use a wide variety of techniques in my work. I incorporate my photographic images into my prints using Pronto plate lithography offset onto a plate, and I experiment with painting onto the surface with etching inks to alter that image. I layer each image with several runs through the press until I’m satisfied with the result. This experimentation allows me to develop each print individually, resulting in unique, one-of-a-kind images. No two monoprints are the same. I try to approach each work as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle; different components are fitted together to produce a final result that is exciting and not always predictable!
I have been creating monoprints for over twenty-five years. I studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I earned my bachelor’s degree. I moved to the Boston area in 1990, and discovered my love for monoprints after taking classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the DeCordova Museum School. Over the years, I have exhibited widely in the New England area. My studio is located at the Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA.
|Inks are rolled out for preparing a plate.||Inked plate on press bed ready for printing.||Pulling the print from the inked plate.||Completed print using multiple layered inked plates.|