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Artist. Printmaker. Designer.
With a love for printmaking, following a career in graphic design, I love to share my skills and explore all printmaking media.
Printmaking gives me a space of calming respite from a culture of haste and automation. I love combining the meditative craft of relief and intaglio printing with capturing the slower pace of life in the natural world as the subject of my work. In my experiences of nature and its translation through the act of printmaking, I am reminded to be still and present in daily life.
I am the wife of a contemporary war veteran and my printing practice gives me respite from the sometimes chaotic world of the PTSD that we both live with and manage. I use my work as a way to share with and remind others of the calming effects of the sometimes quirky moments the natural world can bring to their own busy lives.
My love of printmaking started back in early teenage years, but really working with, focusing and experimenting with the craft didn’t become a reality until around 2010. I have worked in the world of graphic design and advertising for 25+ years. Spending most of that time behind a computer fueled a passion for paper, print and creating tangible images using my hands and traditional tools, albeit with a modern twist.
I played with lino in highschool; was introduced to etching and collagraph 15 years ago; and am finally back to lino, monopint and collagraph in my own studio. I am currently obsessed with reductive lino prints and encaustic collagraphs. I love to mix different printmaking processes, experimenting with the endless possibilities that come to life as I lift the paper from the plate.
Printmaking presents an opportunity to create an image in multiple (the edition) or a single image off a printing plate, not unlike image reproduction in graphic design, but the difference with Printmaking is the handmade nature and mystery of not quite knowing how the image will reveal itself until the paper is lifted off the plate, quite unlike the precise nature of commercial print.