Prints Late 2015

Tearoom 2015

Olio 2015

Tearoom 2014





After a communications degree from UC Berkeley, then a graphic design degree from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, I began a long process of creative work in professional window display and graphic design. This evolved into a love of painting and print-making about 25 years ago. I've been in Durango for over 20 years.

I love the feel of the creative process, particularly the way it is both familiar and new. While I do gain confidence in the media and my tools as I practice, at the same time I am letting go into the mystery of the process. Monoprinting is wonderful for this as there are technical details to respect and learn, and at the same time there is a lack of direct control that allows the novel and surprising to manifest. Wonderful layers and textures arise from this mutual blending, resulting in unrepeatable and complex prints. Working in this way bypasses the everyday mind and calls for a deeper connection into experience, awareness and gesture. It is at once simple, and yet often quite challenging.

I listen into the rustle of paper, the clink of tools, the pull of tacky ink. I see the colors, shapes and textures, and work the rhythm and spacing. I relax and open to a flow and allow myself to move-with what is happening as best I can. I am not consciously addressing meaning, theme or concepts. It can be quite surprising to see what comes of all this.


“Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques; it is essentially a printed painting. The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing media.” - Tate Museum


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