My journey into printmaking is informed by early work
in the screen-printing industry. After graduating from the University
of Oregon in Fine and Applied arts, I went to work at Bay Street
Productions in Oregon as a color matcher and screen-printer for
fine custom wallpapers. From there Ive built a busy full time
studio practice, making art daily. In addition to printmaking, I
work in painting, ceramics, jewelry, fabric and combined techniques.
The ancient tradition of the print is always at the
heart of the work. Now decades into this journey, the pleasure of
process and a newfound freedom with materials and techniques keeps
it all moving into new territory. I make prints not as copies or
reproductions at all. Silkscreen yields the jazzy and juicy layers
of color, and clear shapes. Intaglio and monotype renders deep blacks
of varying densities and values. Chine collé provides moving
parts in the form of favored shapes and colors. Layering of
colors, use of multiple plates, evolving plates, and marks allows
the medium to talk back at some point. I treat printmaking
as an open ended and ongoing investigation into a hidden world.
Most recently I have established screen-printing courses
at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington, and at the Kirkland
Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington. In 2014 I taught a reduction
screen-print workshop in Venice, Italy at the Scuola di Grafica.
I worked in 2015 at the Skopelos Foundation in Greece. I am an active
member of Print Arts Northwest, Seattle Print Arts, and Los Angeles
Printmakers Society. Many of the hand-printed silkscreen prints
are placed in national and international collections. At present
my studios in Kirkland Washington, and in Downtown Los Angeles are
open by appointment.
While all this history is of value, real life is lived
in the joy of process, in a world of visual wonder. My mission is
to continue to share it, and to live it fully every day.