I am a printmaker living in Cincinnati, Ohio.
My first print was created in 1977, and I am grateful to have learned from a master printer
who taught, not only basic old-school skills, but also traditional advanced techniques such as
making grounds from scratch to mixing my own etching inks.
Those skills have stayed with me to this day.
The first thing I found appealing about making prints was the ability to create multiples.
As it turned out, I rarely edition my work, the process was much more exciting to me.
Imagine creating an image in reverse, on a metal plate which ultimately
is transferred to paper via a printing press!
Even though printmaking has come and gone throughout my life,
I’ve never stopped calling myself a printmaker.
In 2005, after a 10 year break from making art, I found myself
back at the press with a renewed interest,
different ideas, and new processes that I wanted to explore.
Many of the portrait prints, begun at that time,
were inspired from my collection of vintage police mugshots.
Within the last few years there has been a shift within
the printmaking world towards safer, non-toxic methods.
Even me, an old school printer, has finally embraced this new world.
My current etchings are being made using the safer saline-sulfate solution for zinc plates.
Most recently, I’ve been making moku hanga woodcut prints.
Moku hanga is the Japanese style of relief printing.
This technique, which differs from western style relief printmaking
involves using water based pigments, dampened Japanese washi,
and a hand held baren instead of a press.