Printmaking is often a great escape for me and a way to work my creative muscles. I love that you never know what the finished look will be – I try to visualize it ahead of time but there is always an element of surprise and a degree of control that must be relinquished.
I enjoy focusing on animal, nautical and woodland themes. I think animals and nature scenes remind us of the importance of environmental stewardship and taking care of the “least of these.” We can feel far removed from any of this affecting our lives, but we are all connected.
For many years, I had worked with linoleum and woodcut relief prints that involved carving and then inking up and printing the image. I now have gotten more involved with silkscreen printing again. Much like how t-shirts are made, this involves physically pushing ink at an angle through a screen where the image has been burned. T-Shirt printing has been industrialized, but there are still silkscreen artists such as myself who exist. I paint my images onto tracing paper and then burn the images onto the screen with bright lighting. I later mix the ink to the color I would like and pull it through the screen for each print.
This is much different than making reproductions of paintings into lower cost prints that can be bought.