first etching, The Old Place, was juried into several
national and international juried exhibits.
I am attracted
to old barns and covered bridges when I think of making etchings. I grew up on a farm
and realize how fortunate I was to have experienced that privileged
childhood. But I also realize that the small farm is slowly disappearing
and giving way to the large factory style farm. Along with that,
barns are being demolished all across the country. Beautiful, hardworking
structures are being torn down for progress and development.
I try to document the barns that I have seen for current and future generations of viewers to experience.
mixed media prints that I make are experiments with processes to develop
an image to its most dramatic interpretation. For example, I have
used gold leaf to emphasize the value of a human embryo in Dilemma
of my prints deal with situations experienced by myself or women
I have known. I do not concentrate on womens issues but shared or personal experiences develop from my mind into art through
the creative process.
I love the texture and expressive imagery that I find
in wood grain that nature has provided. As I develop these images
with color and technique, the final result reveals experiences that
I or my friends or family have endured perhaps many years in the past,
rather, an exorcism of memories.
But, I am more
concerned with creating the image by describing the most information
with minimal form and color, using these elements for their dramatic
and emotion inducing qualities.