A large component for the inspiration in my monotype print work is derived from black and white photographs from the 1930s-50s collected from estate sales, antique malls or online of unknown/unnamed people. I enjoy getting to know these unidentified people from the past through the strokes of my finger while lifting ink off the plate as their likeness emerges. I often dream up their stories as I try to capture their energy. Using only black or sepia ink forces me to find purity in my imagery without relying on color to convey mood and emotion.
Most of these monotype prints were created by inking the entire surface of a smooth plexi-glass plate with oil or water based etching ink applied via a roller. Then using rags and q-tips, ink was removed from the plate to create a subtractive image, e.g. creating lights from a field of opaque color. The image was then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together using a printing press. Monotype printing produces a unique singular print; most of the ink is removed during the initial pressing. Although a subsequent reprinting is sometimes possible, it differs greatly from the first print. These secondary prints from the original plate are called "ghost prints”.
Getting Beachy! Ongoing series inspired by vintage photos of ladies at the beach.
Levitated Series: Ongoing series of "levitated women"
The Recycled Rain Project 2106 & 2017: In 2016 I was asked to be a featured artist for The Recycled Rain Project. The project organizers encouraged us to use collected rain water in our artwork. As an oil painter and a printmaker that used oil based inks, I felt compelled to rise to the challenge. I decided to use water based printmaking inks, something I had never done before. It took a few months of trial and error to figure it out. Nonetheless, the outcome was outstanding! To this day I primarily use water based inks for my monotypes. I am ever grateful for the door that opened thanks to this show.
Portraits, Layered monotypes & misc ...