Barbara Nachmias-Kedesdy

Flight and After
9 x 18 monotype collage, 2016


I’m drawn to monotype by its engaging unpredictability. I find this form of printmaking to be an ideal combination of the immediacy and precision of drawing with the process and surprise of printing.
Originally from the New Jersey coast, I have lived near the ocean for much of my life. The sources of my work include the forms and textures of the natural landscape. Coast, salt marsh, and tidal river are recurring themes as well as plants from my garden, tropical Florida, and botanical gardens visited in American and European cities. A love of gardening and fascination with the history of botanical art provide ongoing inspiration.


After retiring from teaching elementary school art in 2006, I have been increasingly committed to printmaking. I served on the MGNE Board from 2010-2016.
I have shown my work in national and regional exhibitions, including with the Monotype Guild of New England, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Workshops with Ron Pokrasso, Susan Rostow, Joel Janowitz, and at Zea Mays Studio have all been enriching experiences.