• BFA in Printmaking from Indiana University, Minor in Art History
  • Exhibitions at numerous galleries as well as traveling international shows through Print Zero Studios and Oregon Ink Spot. Worked under master printers, Brian Jones, Carol Wax, Rosalie Bernardi and Michael Barnes, printing editions in methods of lithography, solar etching and mezzotints. My more recent work involves printing from a hard plastic surface using the traditional wood engraving technique (attending Frogman's Workshop in Vermillion, South Dakota 2013). My mezzotints have been published in the Print Catalog titled, "A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking 50/50."
  • Member of Stillwater Art Guild
  • Member of Mid America Print Council

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

I fell in love with printmaking while pursuing a degree at Indiana University, 1998-2006.


I am particularly drawn to organic forms which lend themselves well to the mezzotint process. Manipulating the copper plate to bring an image to surface is a fulfilling experience; from the beginning steps of plate preparation to the final pull of the print I find pure enjoyment. The mezzotint process begins with creating a rough surface across the copper plate with a rocker tool. Using drawing tools, scrapers & burnishers, the plate is carved to reveal a particular image. The plate is inked and wiped and manually passed through a printing press transferring the ink onto a cotton fiber paper. Color inks are applied by hand before each run through the press or hand colored with watercolor after. 


The relief engravings are printed from a hard plastic surface, using the traditional wood engraving technique. This technique allows line to command the image, as in expressing my fascination with nests, using engraving tools to carve into the plastic plate. The plate is inked and printed on to Japanese papers. Some papers are colored through the Suminigashi method and other prints have been hand colored with water colors.