My childhood was spent around a commercial print shop that my parents acquired from my grandfather. I guess you could say there is ink in my blood. I always had reams of paper to play with and would spend hours drawing and making things like play money or little flip books. By chance, when I joined the working world, I ended up working in print – first in corrugated and then in business print and promotions, which is still true to this day.
Currently I am working at a printmaking studio. Most of my prints are monotypes which are one of a kind prints, also known as a painterly prints. They are created by applying ink to a smooth plate, and then transferring the image to paper by means of pressure through a press. The process of making a monotype is so intriguing and exciting. I use everything I can get my hands on as a tool for making marks, adding or removing ink, spreading, thinning, stamping, stenciling.. just to see what kind of effect it will produce. And then layering the ink… color over color, texture over texture… it’s surprising and thrilling every time I peel the paper from the plate.Painting has taken a back seat to my printmaking, but when I do paint I primarily use acrylic on wood or canvas. I approach painting the same way I do printmaking – trying different things to achieve interesting textures and colors. I prefer acrylic because it dries fast and I can continue to work on a piece without having to wait long for the layers to dry, but I also work in oil and I’ve taken a workshop in encaustic painting which I would like to explore further.