Hill City, South Dakota
I think, sometimes, when I am alone, usually when I am making art, about the elements in nature around me. I like to ponder relationships. How everything has its own significant place…how everything is somehow related to everything else. How….most importantly, we don’t readily understand these relationships, yet if one element is missing, an emptiness exists.
As an artist with a limited attention span, I have found that the monotype is a great tool for me to use because it is so immediate. I get an idea, work it though the monotype process, finish the idea in one session, put it down and walk away, and the idea is already recorded. I can come back to it later to enhance add polish or sparkle to what I have already done, but the image was captured in the first few minutes of addressing it. I don’t have to get into the original mind-set again.
I work in a modified version of the monotype. Traditionally the monotype is a process by which an artist works in reverse on a non-absorbent surface utilizing printer’s inks. The work is then taken to a press; paper is laid on top of the painted plate and run through the press to transfer the image. I do not have the luxury of a press and cannot tolerate the stickiness and smell of the inks, so over a period of several years back in the ‘80s, I developed a modified monotype process to suit my needs using oil paint, working in reverse on plexi-glass with different tools. Media - Monotype, painting (oil and mixed media) drawing, sculpture