As a person, I’m pretty spontaneous but as an artist even more so. Ideas come to me without warning and usually I have the urge to begin on them right away. Since many of my pieces aren’t that thought out, I typically don’t know what a piece is about until I finish it. A lot of my work is inspired by music, dance, language, and culture, especially those of eastern Asia. Time and space also play a heavy roll in my work as I’ve always had an interest in history and the ways in which we perceive and interpret space.
I have a B.A. in printmaking with a minor in painting from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Learn more about my art techniques below!
This is the press I use to print small intaglio plates.
This is the stone I use to print Gears of Time. It is Bavarian limestone, one of the best limestones for lithography. The reason why lithography works is based on the principal that water and grease/oil don't mix. All of the blacks and grays on the stone were made with oily materials that will attract and hold the greasy ink while the light areas will fill with water that will reject the greasy ink.
Here I use a hose to force a water jet to remove the excess grease from the stone, leaving only the black marks coated with grease. The giant wheels to the side are used to grind old images off of lithography stones so that they can be reused. It is possible to still find stones with images from the 1800's that can be printed if they were stored properly.
After aligning the print paper over the stone, I cover it with newsprint and the protective plastic covering. The press bar is greased so that the stone can still be moved through the press once the pressure has been set. Setting the pressure too high can actually break a stone but setting the pressure too low will result in a faint print.