I carve high impact polystyrene plastic by hand, using traditional engraving burins. It can take up to an hour to carve a square inch, making the process long and meditative. When the carving is finished I ink the surface and print it on an old printing press. The pressure from the printing press transfers the ink from the carving to the paper, producing the print. The number of times each block is pressed is the edition number. My engravings have editions of 100 of less, printed with rich, oil base black ink. These editions are not to be confused with digital prints of an original, each artwork is an original impression of the engraved block.
Below are editioned prints available for sale, by alphabetical order of Title.
When life becomes so involved, and I feel like floating around and above my problems and anxieties. The detail and minutia of my days seep into my dreams, and are illuminated by the moonlight. Relief Engraving, collage and mixed media. 20"h x 16"w, available in shadowbox white wash frame.
Looking toward Earth find oneself is the truest form of introspection I know. Whenever I allow myself to play in the dirt, foster a new seed, or hike a mountain trail to look down from the top, I feel the pull of Earth, and a sense of self that sustains me for days. Relief engraving, collage, mixed media. Unframed.
Looking outward at my reflection in the mirror, I see myself aging and changing. But I embrace the changes, wrinkles, scars, and freckles as they are signs that I have lived. The fox is a self portrait here, seeking to find a reflection in the waters underfoot, covered in water lilies, a symbol of enlightenment - something I wish I could attain, but my humanness is complete and flawed to perfection. Relief Engraving, collage and mixed media. 14"h x 11"w, available in shadowbox white wash frame.
Hands are powerful symbols, for me they are reminders of my need to create, which also heals. Here the bear is branded with the hand, and it reverberates through the back ground of the image, a symbol for the way we create our own path and destiny. Relief engraving, collage, mixed media. 14"h x 11"w. Unframed.
We all find our safe space, somewhere to bed down for the night. The antelope is surrounded by a nest of flowers, as she tucks her head into herself. Relief engraving, collage, mixed media. Available in 14"h x11"w shadowbox white wash frame.
My full moon fox comes from an actual meeting of a fox on a full moon night. The fox and I met in a stand off on a moon lit mountain night, and after I took the long way back to my home, I saw the foxes eyes still on me, reflected in the glow of porch light. I thought the fox must be an angel of some sort, sent to make sure I made it home safely. Here, multiple layers of collaged prints, paper, and hand painted touches form the flora surrounding the fox. Relief engraving, collage, mixed media, 10"h x 8"w. Available in a shadow box white wash frame.
Hand colored and embellished with colored pencil acrylic, and handmade papers, this is a unique composition surrounding the engraved image of the antelope. The composition suggests a snow globe, or enclosed space offering the antelope a perfect setting to just "be". Meant to be a companion piece to A Perfect World: Stag. Measures 12"h x 9"w
Hand colored and embellished with colored pencil acrylic, and handmade papers, this is a unique composition surrounding the engraved image of the antelope. The composition suggests a snow globe, or enclosed space offering the antelope a perfect setting to just "be". Meant to be a companion piece to A Perfect World: Antelope. Measures 12"h x 9"w
Having a pink aura is connected to unconditional love. The bird has the fish inside it, breathing new life as the bird seems to hover, weightless on the page. When we love unconditionally, new life reveals it self. Relief engraving, collage, mixed media. 12" h x 9"w, available in shadowbox white wash frame.
Multiple engravings printed on Japanese paper are collaged together. Silver leaf, acrylic, and colored pencil are used to embellish the final design. The bear and deer are facing different directions, but their stars above intertwine. Sometimes the people we will hold most dear are present in our life, but we might not know they exist. Letting go, and hoping that fate will guide us to love and be loved is a form of trust, illustrated here. Relief engraving, collage, mixed media. Available in 16"h x 12" shadowbox white wash frame
Companions. Two unlikely travelers have found each other. It amazes me when animals pair with an opposite because they are so in need of company or love - like the tiger who raised piglets, or dogs who befriend bears or deer. People are equally fascinating, as everyday we travel through life interacting with humans we do not know, our shared languages and ideas bind us. 11"h x9"w image on 14"h x 11" w BFK Rives archival paper, Edition of 50.
Guardians. When I feel alone, I look to the sky and the earth to bring me back to reality. There is always something looking out for me, be it the stars in the sky, or the animals of the Earth. The fox takes on wings to become a guardian angel, with the full moon watching in the background.
5"x7 " image on 8"x10" BFK Rives archival paper. Fits a standard size frame or mat, 10"h x 8"w.
Chinese Zodiac Animals, Edition of 60 each, 2011. Image is approx 4"h x 4"w printed on Rives BFK, paper size 5"h x 5"w. Animals Available: Year of the Dog, Goat/Sheep, Horse, Ox, Pig, Monkey, Tiger, Rooster, Snake, Rat. SOLD OUT: Year of the Dragon, Rabbit, Rat, Tiger
Decorated. Ever wish the world could see your inner beauty on the outside? Flowers and fish have leeched through this bears fur, and a flower wreath becomes her aura. 3"x7" image on 8"x10" BFK Rives archival paper, Edition of 100.
Giraffe, Edition of 100, 2012. Image is approx 6"h x 4"w printed on Mohawk White, paper size 9"h x 6"w. This giraffe has a humble expression, totally unaware of his beauty and uniqueness, as stars adorn his spots. So often we emphasize beauty in animals, yet the concept of beauty is something they do not know, hence the humble expression.
Midnight Rabbit. A rabbit running through the night, gaining energy from the cool stream below, aided by the fish swimming below. This piece was inspired by the music of Lizzy Plotkin and was used for the cover of her debut album We Will Sing. 7"x7" image on 10"x10" BFK Rives archival paper.
Phantom Child. As a non-mother, a childless woman, I have had to come to terms with not raising children. I feel sometimes as if my children are ghosts - I have glimpses of them in my dreams, my artwork, and in the eyes of others. The dog is my constant surrogate self portrait, and here the ghost rubs up on her side, a loving gesture, felt but unseen.
6"x6 " image on 8"x10" BFK Rives archival paper. Fits a standard size frame or mat, 10"h x 8"w.
Pretending. I had a vivid imagination as a child, at times pretending I was a dog, a horse, an antelope. I would run around on my hands and knees convinced I was part of the animal kingdom. Today, I still pretend - sometimes that I am someone else, doing something extraordinary, imagining myself anywhere but the present. It is an escape, albeit a creative one, but we all must come back to our real selves and come to terms with who we are and our purpose on Earth.
4"x3.5" image on 7"x5" BFK Rives archival paper. Fits a standard size frame or mat, 7"h x 5"w.
Shed. As in to Shed tears, or one's antlers. Sometime the act of shedding tears feels as natural and needed as shedding antlers, a once yearly tradition for the Cervidae Family (Elk, Deer, Moose). When I cry, I purge, allowing emotions to escape as well as salt water from my eyes, and I benefit from the purge in that I am ready to be thankful for what I have, to carry on, to fly and soar above.
3.5"x3 " image on 5"x7" BFK Rives archival paper. Fits a standard size frame or mat, 7"h x 5"w.
Thai Elephant. This elephant has been sitting in my sketchbook since my trip to Thailand in 2013. I had the opportunity to stay on an elephant reserve for retired and abused elephants for 3 days. These creatures are immense in size and power, and heart. 5"h x4.5"w image on 8"x10" BFK Rives archival paper, Edition of 50.