Clematis Vines III
22 x 30 monotype, 2015
My monotypes (one-of-a-kind works on paper) focus on nature and my fascination with it. I start with an idea or feeling which I express in textures and colors using natural and manmade found objects. I am a tactile person, always touching things and feeling their texture. Because I am a printmaker I see an item’s potential by how it might appear after color and pressure have been applied. I use monotype, monoprint, collagraph and mixed media techniques.
In my pieces I use leaves, grasses, ferns, seaweed, eggshells, metal objects, meshes, string, and other items. These objects are themselves inked and placed on an inked plexi-glass plate, then a damp piece of paper is placed on top and the whole thing is run through a press.
After pulling the original print one can continue to use the ”ghosted” plate as is, or add/substract/rearrange items and pull another print, or one can remove the objects and use that “ghosted” image. Also as the plate is being prepared, one can use what is on the roller and roll that on a plate, or use the reverse side of an object that was already printed. It is the unlimited possibilities and uncertainty of what exactly will appear (in addition to the image being the reverse of what one worked on) that makes the monotype process so exciting. Each print is unique and the result of an adventure.
My goal is to transmit my enthusiasm for the printmaking process and its creativeness to others.
Art has always been an important part of my life. Monotype printing allows me to share my love and wonder of nature and life with others.
I have exhibited in New England in both solo and group shows, and have received numerous awards. My work is in many corporate, private, and non-profit collections in the U.S. and abroad.
I am a member of the: Art Connection, Monotype Guild of New England (MGNE); Nature Printing Society (NPS); Unbound Visual Arts (UVA); Brickbottom (BAA), Newton (NAA), North Shore (NSAA), and Rockport (RAA) Art Associations, and the Weston Art & Craft Association (WACA). I live in Newton and summer in Rockport, MA.
For more information about my work – please visit my website, call, or email me. I also teach “Monotype Printing With a Press” at the New Art Center in Newtonville MA. and I would love to have you in my class.