Four New Color Etchings Completed and Signed at Flatbed Press and Gallery

April 2017

Hooray! Last week I signed the four color etchings I’ve been making at Flatbed Press and Gallery in Austin. After a year of work, they are finished!! The group of the four images is titled Stormy Seas and the individual images are Cool Comes In, Rising Swells, Turbulent Horizon, and Unexpected Moon. They are filled with brilliant color, etched textures, and oceans and weather.

I am delighted with the prints!

The images and details about the prints can be found in Portfolio section of this web site. The etchings are available for sale from Flatbed Press and William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas. The individual prints are $1250 each.

I want to thank Katherine Brimberry and everyone who is part of Flatbed for all their hard work, the fun, and the success of the project. I particularly want to thank Katherine, Flatbed’s owner and my main collaborator, Tracy Mayrello, Master Printer, and Cordelia Blanchard, Printer, for their professionalism, exacting standards, patience, and dedication to printing the etchings exactly like I wanted them.

Thanks to Kathy, Mike, Anna, Tracy, Lola, Cordelia, Delilah, Sean, Alex, and Veronica. It was a wonderful experience!

 

August 2017

Thank you, Art in Print: The Global Journal of Prints and Ideas for recognizing Stormy Seas in the News of the Print World column in the July/August 2017 edition.


In the Studio at Flatbed Press and Gallery

I’m at Flatbed Press and Gallery in Austin working on a new group of four color etchings of images of oceans and weather. They should be available in the fall. It’s great collaborating with Katherine Brimberry, Master Printer, owner of Flatbed and friend, who has skills and facilities different from mine. When I’m at the press, we’re putting in long days. It’s fun and stimulating to be surrounded by the printers, interns, artists and other folks who flow through Flatbed.

So far, we’re having great results. My first success with white ground etching! Hooray!


Artist’s Statement

My work explores the passing of time and the tension between the human longing for reassuring repetition and — at the same time — change. I am particularly interested in our human ability to see what we expect to see, to misinterpret, to see a partial picture as the whole, to disregard incremental change, or to completely overlook the significant.

My current artwork uses the lines and patterns from daily weather maps and images of weather — rain, snow, clouds, hail — as visual metaphors for these ideas. It explores the constancy, variation, and violence hidden within the familiar, reassuring seasonal cycle. I also use images of oceans — stormy, placid, or dramatic — as visual reflections of human moods and emotions.

Like a human life, my artwork is multi-layered, complex, and develops over time. Color, texture, humor, and the physical joy of applying paint and cutting relief prints are important in the creation of my work. In the process of creating a piece, I begin working on an idea with a loosely drawn skeleton. I add layers of paint and drawing, building up layers of meanings and emphasis to create a finished piece that is dense with meaning.

My installations, which are constructed with relief-printed images on paper applied to walls, floors, and ceilings, surround the viewers with visual representations of change, movement, and repetition. They directly address change and the passage of time by surrounding the viewer with moving storms, slow drips, changing clouds, and moving hail, snow, wind, and rain.

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