For the last five years I have focused on monotype printmaking. The monotype process appeals to me for several reasons. One reason is that the opportunity to explore with different printmaking and non-traditional printmaking materials is exciting. Another reason is the way that color takes on a life of its own in the monotype process. Something magical happens when the inked plate and paper are run through my press, and the outcome can be fabulous or frustrating. Finally, I like the fact that the monotype process has no rules. I feel free to experiment with materials, techniques and methods of printing.

My recent work has changed within the medium, as well.  From creating individual images on a plate and then often using the print to create a collage I have moved on to focusing on the development of patterns, textures and colors as I ink my plates. Knowing that I will cut the print up, using one part in a piece and another part in a different piece has freed me to experiment widely.

I use fabrics, pieces of old shop tools, discarded toys, bits and bobs of found objects – anything I find that can either make a mark or function as a stencil. I layer one texture over another or do multiple runs through the press to achieve many visual layers.

The collages can be any size, from tiny 4”x6” creations to my, so far, largest pieces made using 30” strips of printed paper. I love the way the various patterns intersect, contrasting or complementing each other. I have color families in mind when I start a piece, but the outcome is always a surprise.

I deeply embrace serendipity and randomness and try to allow those forces to control the outcomes of my work.