DRAWINGS : PRINTMAKING : CARDS
All of my artwork is centered on what I love most which is nature, all animals, and fantasy. I love telling stories and creating images that you have to look at closely to be able to see everything. This is because I put so much detail into every aspect of each piece. I also enjoy ornamentation design and often put borders around my pieces that complement my love for all things decorative. I strive to make art, from cards to etchings, that can be accessible to a wide variety of people; art that can take anyone to a new place or an old memory.
Drawing is at the core of every piece of artwork I create. Every illustration is hand-drawn to scale as a detailed pencil drawing first, usually on bristol board with a 2H or technical pencil. I then go over my pencil work with black archival ink pens to create my originals.
My printmaking work goes hand and hand with my drawing work. I’ll transfer a pencil drawing onto copper and draw the image again with an etching needle. The plate then is etched in an acid bath and printed on my table-top etching press.
The digital aspect of my work comes from my education at CCS where I had fast deadlines and limited time to create each piece. I wanted to stay true to more traditional ways of creating artwork, so I made sure the drawing elements were always done traditionally as pen and ink or with etching. However, when it came to finishing/coloring my work, I turned to a faster way so I could meet my deadlines while still spending the countless hours it takes to make a finished drawing first. I scanned my drawings into Adobe Photoshop to be able to color my pieces in a way that would let me experiment until I liked what I had. With a piece that took maybe 50 hours to complete, the digital portion at the end usually takes about 2-3 hours, which is why I still categorize my work as Drawings. I was trained to work this way, and I enjoy it even now that I’ve graduated. I like mixing traditional and digital mediums together to create something new, and for now I will continue to make art this way. That being said, I will occasionally hand color intaglio prints with watercolors and always frame my originals for sale.
Since coloring pieces digitally means that the final piece usually ends up as a digital file, I made sure I learned how to properly create archival prints. I do all of my printing myself, both digital and traditional, with all my own equipment. I also do all of my own matted print assembly with high quality materials as well as my own framing. I like to be self sufficient in everything I do and take pride in that I can operate my own equipment and that I own it myself. This way I can feel confident that the artwork I put into the world is of high quality and one hundred percent made by me. See my IN THE STUDIO page for even more information on my technical process and materials used to create my art.