I have spent my entire adult life as a maker. I began as a potter producing functional wares. I did this for over 35 years. Artists evolve, and after many years in one medium, I moved onto something new. Printmaking is my latest evolution as an artist.
It is exciting for me precisely because it is new and challenging. I love the process. Oil based inks are rolled onto a glass top table, colors are mixed, medium added to the ink for smooth rolling onto a plexiglas plate with a brayer.
Stencils, textured surfaces, and tools to mark the ink are used to create a composition. The plate is place onto a printing press, fine quality printmaking paper is laid on top of the plate and the press rolls over both transferring the ink to the paper. The results are always a surprise.
Inspiration is all around me – my flower garden, which you will walk through to get to my studio, the beautiful Mendocino coastal vistas I walk everyday with my dog, Pumpkin, who appears frequently in my works. A recent visit to Ocean Beach in San Francisco, on a winter day, inspired a print of a solitary walker on the long strand.
I will have on display elements of the process to share with visitors.