Sara David Ringler

Fake Eye Chart #1
29 x 36 monotype on velum/collage, 2018

Artist’s Statement

Image making is a way for me to interact and reflect my experience. I love to explore and learn new
techniques to make images, so printmaking provides the perfect medium. Through printmaking I
arrange, alter and layer forms of shapes and color pulling from a variety of content. I explore variation
and abstractly combine color forms, drawings and photographs to make visual connections. I work in
series allowing ideas to synthisize. Nature, the figure and architecture combine abstractly to create
metaphoric associations. I explore process as a creative challenge to develop visual stories of memory,
place and time by integrating the painterly monotype with the bold graphic directness of etching,
lithography or woodcut.

Although I paint and do photography it is printmaking, which I love most. I find the form perfect to build
themes and to create series of related images. I work intuitively and responsively in each piece and
investigate variations in composition and content. I start with an idea of where I want to go and I build
on and I use the process of printmaking to find my images. I look for a feeling of space and
atmosphere and layer plates with multiple images pulling elements together in an organic approach.

The monotype process is the most direct of the techniques I use, (“know as painterly prints”) it is fluid
and allows for spontaneous dialog with the work as it is being created. Successive layering,
overprinting images, adding or wiping away inks, are ways to give structure to the work.

As a professional printmaker and art professor teaching drawing, printmaking and design, at Cape
Cod Community College for over 24 years, I have enjoyed an ever- inspiring interaction between
creating and teaching art. I am the mother of three adult children and three grandchildren and have
lived on Cape Cod with my husband for over forty-five years.


Professional Printmaker, painter and book artist teaching for over 24 years as full time professor at Cape Cod Community College and currently serving as the Coordinator of Visual Arts. I am active in the printmaking community and on the board of the Printmakers of Cape Cod. I have served as a past-president of the Monotype Guild of New England and I am a member of Art Synergies a group of 7 artists exploring process and experimentation in printmaking. I exhibit regionally and abroad and have participated collaboratively in print exchanges. Currently I have a one person exhibition of my work at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, and I am included in group shows at the Creative Hands Gallery in Osterville and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.