Trained as a painter, I have focused on making monotypes for the past twenty years. In 1996, I moved from New Mexico to the Pacific Northwest and found inspiration in the lush, veiled atmosphere of the region. I began making tonal monotypes exploring the subtle and evocative light of the Northwest landscape. My intent is to reduce the landscape to essentials, evoking an emotional space that invites you inside while retaining a painterly flatness and tension.
I am drawn to vast spaces. Skies, in particular, fascinate me. I love watching clouds move across the sky continually changing states, a focused seeing that inspires my creativity. As the daughter of a geology professor and high school biology teacher, I grew up learning that nature was both explainable and full of magic. I want my work to capture an equivalent of light and air, a caught motion, a celebration of nature’s dynamism and mystery.
I treat the monotype process like painting in many ways. I work to create an equivalent of light by building up translucent layers of etching ink, often scratching into the surface after pulling the print from the press and adding additional marks with cut up credit cards and inked rags. Clouds are made by wiping away forms on an inked plate with sharpened sticks and soft cloths – a deeply pleasurable and meditative process.
The challenge of making a visual and poetic equivalent of the landscape continually pushes me to explore new techniques in monotype. I have specific intentions when I work, but I also respond to what emerges on the plate and intuitively follow the image as it unfolds.