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My printmaking focuses on one of the most basic elements of our environment: rocks, and my continued curiosity about how and where they appear in the geologic landscape. The concepts are about more than finding an image in the scenery, or the investigation of a single rock, they symbolize an examination of the genesis of the universe in minute detail.
Abstracting from real objects and locations I seek the "aesthetic moment": that instant which induces a feeling or a mood, or correlates to a sense of a real place, any of which may provide a sensation of connection, unity or harmony for the viewer.
I have studied the use of rock and stone, from primitive cultures through modernity, being particularly curious about the history of wall making to decorate, confine and mark the boundaries of personal property. This led to making prints in series, using grids and related groups. They depict river rocks, glacial erratics, common fieldstones, and man-made structures, all of which provide a fertile ground for my imagination as I search for evocative and memorable compositions.
Exploring colors, combining layers and inventing textural surfaces is part of my technique. As I work I imagine piling on or peeling away the strata of the earth as I develop the image, while working the inks into the plate, repeating shapes and textures and translating these elements into line, color and form. Once the plate is transferred to paper each print is unique, as is the rock it is based on.
My respect for nature is reflected in using the materials that come from the earth: stones, metals, minerals and gems; these are a constant reminder that my art is connected to the spirit of the earth, that to make art is to foster a spiritual relationship with the world. It is this spirituality of art making that drives me, informs my art and makes it whole.
Promoting a visual language for sharing insights, feelings, and spatial awareness with others I respond by making this experience accessible, through my own work and by teaching printmaking to others. My studio contains only water-based inks and other non-toxic materials, as I am dedicated to creating art that is environmentally aware, both visually and physically.