Born 1969, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Degrees from the University of Illinois:
BFA painting 1992
MFA printmaking 1994
I enjoy pursuing many mediums including painting, colored pencil, 3D assemblages, pen and ink, and even digital arts.
My favorite, and most prolific medium, is intaglio printmaking, namely etching, engraving and mezzotint on copper plates. I have a small etching press, and work primarily out of my home. I have always been fascinated by miniatures, and most of my work is small, intimate, and detailed. I like art that draws a viewer in close, and then rewards them with an enlightening, humorous, or surreal experience.
Though I have explored many subjects, I feel that mankind’s awe of, and interaction with nature has inspired a good deal of my images. Many of my works are commentaries on such relationships.
I also have a fascination with clouds and storms. most of my larger pieces including monotype prints and paintings deal with the beauty of light and atmosphere, sometimes juxtaposed with angular and somewhat cubist architecture.
Intaglio Prints (often simply called ETCHINGS):
This technique utilizes a thin metal plate into which an image is inscribed by various means. Once complete, the plate is covered in ink, filling the image areas and lines on the plate. The ink is then wiped away carefully so that only the ink down in the inscribed areas remains on the plate. The plate is then printed onto dampened paper with an etching press. With a piece of soft felt over the paper, the high pressure of the press forces the paper down into the inscribed lines, thus printing the image. This process often shows a plate mark embossed into the paper around the edges of the plate.
Etching: An artist uses a varnish “ground” as an acid resist layer over a plate, then draws through the ground with a needle to expose the metal. Special acids then are used to “bite” the plate wherever lines are drawn, creating depressed lines controlled by how long a plate is left in the acid bath.
Engraving: An artist physically cuts lines into a plate using a chisel-pointed “burin” hand tool.
Drypoint: An artist scratches lines into a plate with a sharp needle; these lines often print slightly “fuzzy.”
Mezzotint: An artist uses a “roulette” or “rocker” tool with tiny teeth on it to create pitted surfaces on a plate which print as shades of grey or black.
Aquatint: Though I do not use this technique much, it is a process where a fine rosin is baked onto a plate, allowing for a random pitted surface to be etched in acid. Various shades of grey are created by etching the plate for different lengths of time in an acid bath.
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