I believe an artist should employ the tools and
techniques of a chosen medium with selected elements and principles
of art to convey intention as well as to engage the viewers
eye. A piece of art should be interesting to look at and should
provide something to think about. Both of these purposes are important
to me while I am creating an image. As I explore an idea I enjoy
combining representational subjects with abstraction to expand
the possibilities of visual expression. My prints contain narrative
components but also invite comparisons and contrasts of the subject
with other abstract elements in the composition. Sometimes these
combinations are allegorical and sometimes they are purely visual.
I encourage observers to come to their own conclusions and I favor
loose associations over structured symbolism. Texture (both visual
and conceptual) is important to me as I find variations in each
create a more interesting visual and intellectual experience.
The digital print processes which I use to create my images provide
unique opportunities to manipulate size, texture, color, and transparency
and are unavailable in any other print medium. Sometimes I combine
traditional and digital printing techniques to produce my work.
My images are printed using archival inks on 100% Cotton Rag Somerset
paper and generally are produced in an edition of ten prints.
Recently I have begun to hand bind my prints to create Artist
Books which provide an extended dialogue of content which is not
possible in a single print. While working in both Printmaking
and Bookmaking I have discovered that I enjoy the diversity of
expression that creating in multiple mediums provide. The Print
and the Artist Book both offer unique opportunities for creative
expression and while working with each I have enjoyed broadening
my awareness of the specific capacities of each to communicate