I was introduced to printmaking as a student at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where I received a BFA in 1974. I studied under Joan Brown and printmakers Gordon Cook and Howard Foote. Printmaking offers infinite and unique possibilities of expression: etching, woodcut, linocut, lithography and more.
The substrate, or paper on which it is printed, is an integral part of each piece. I use foreign and domestic papers, handmade from linen, cotton, and other organic materials. My work is created from hand-cut blocks, acid-etched copper plates, or hand-sculpted embossings. I like to work in black and white, reducing an image to its simplest, skeletal components in which the negative space has equal importance in defining the image. I like strong patterns, bold shapes and texture. And sometimes, a bit of humor and whimsy.