I love the alchemy of printmaking. It transmutes a visual idea through the crucibles of drawing, carving, inking, and printing into a finished image that holds some surprises for its maker, and hopefully some delight for its viewer. For me, the very indirectness of making prints invites the unexpected, in apparent contradiction to its technical demands, and playing with that contradiction is an important part of my creative process.
The first prints I made grew out of my work as an archaeologist in England, and a fascination with medieval art. I wanted to somehow rediscover, celebrate, and share the exuberant wonder of sculpture created by artists a thousand years ago. I became entranced in a whole new way once it got more personal, and I realized I was almost trying to bring to life people I had met in my imagination somewhere in the dusty past. However, since becoming a full-time printmaker a few years ago, I spend more time in the here and now as well, exploring the visual wonder of the contemporary world with – and beyond – more representational work.
I moved to the coast of Maine from New Mexico a few years ago and opened the Merrymeeting Press, which now shares space with the Green Lion gallery in downtown Bath.
My work is in the collection of the Northwest Art Center, Minot, ND, and private collections across the USA and in the UK. Recent exhibitions include:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Center for Community Programs, Deer Isle, ME (2014)
Pearson Legacy Gallery, Deer Isle, ME (2014)
National Small Print Show, Creede, CO (2015 and 2016 – Selected for traveling exhibition)
Americas 2015 All Media Exhibition, Minot, ND (2015 – Merit Award; Purchase Award)
Handmade Papers Gallery, Brooklin, ME (2015)
Blue Hill Public Library (2015)
Kyoto International Woodprint Exhibition, Japan (2016)
Topsham Public Library (2017)
Represented by the Green Lion Gallery, Bath, ME.