From the moment I fell head-over-heels in love with fine art printmaking in 2009 I have felt like it's what I'm supposed to be doing, as if everything else was preparation and education and training. A self-taught artist, I have always worked professionally as an illustrator (primarily architecture) and graphic designer. After 18 years of running my own business I accepted an offer for a staff position at a large architectural firm so I could spend more time on fine art works...at the time it was a passion for soft pastels. I'm still there, but looking forward to a time when all the design and artwork I do will be of my own creation.
While compelled by all forms of printmaking, I am overwhelmingly attracted to the traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking methods, aka moku hanga, and I use these techniques throughout my printmaking process. I am as inspired by the techniques and materials and tools as I am by the images I am driven to create. Light and atmosphere, as well as the randomness of natural shapes and textures and their structures all play a role in what will be my next print.
Somewhat obsessive and detail oriented, I have to set alarms to stop my woodblock carving as I get so incredibly engrossed I lose all track of time. That's a good place to be.