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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.