In 1998 I began using soft linoleum to make relief prints. I soon discovered other carving surfaces such as soft rubber, and then wood. I've also used styrofoam, craft foam, and other surfaces.
I used to make artist trading cards of people as well. They were usually painted or drawn, but I also did a series of printed ones as well(see above) This led to making individual portraits as well (below)
|The Believer, woodcut 2003|
|woodcut print, 2004|
I also began making a lot more of the prints from wood. I worked at a wine warehouse for awhile and used to collect the wood from wine crates. It was usually a smooth soft pine. After pulling out the nails and staples it was ready to carve.
The profiles I made were a reflection on individuals I may or may not have seen previously. In other words I make up these portraits from out of my head. They are not of a particular person that is really alive, though at times I can see something in them that reminds me of people I have known. I try to make them look humorous in a way, though other feelings do emerge.
The Man with Pipe is a linocut reduction print , meaning that the soft linoleum is carved, then printed, then carved and printed again, and so on until the block is reduced to small details. The Handyman is a reduction wood cut. It is printed from wine crate wood from Australia.
These black and white prints were also done on wine crate wood. I do not sand or alter the wood before carving. The wood warps and splits easily so it must be kept dry and flat.
Shortly after moving to Seattle in 1998 I began to explore printmaking. With the encouragement of a friend who lent me the tools and linoleum to make my first print, I soon became obsessed with making relief imagery. With a new city to explore, I began to take in the sites around me which soon inspired my own artistic vision of archways, stadiums, and viaducts.
|3 color reduction linocut|
|Dwelling, 3 color linocut relief|
In 2004 I began to apply my ink in different ways to my blocks. I would roll on multiple colors at a time, layering some, erasing and brushing accents. At times it became almost like painting.
I've always enjoyed the graphic qualities in the relief process. There is a visual play that happens between the positive and negative space. Sometimes a one color, or plain black and white print can be quite effective.
For many of my prints I used discarded wood. Sometimes the texture of the wood reveals itself in the print(see above) Worn wood can act as a sort of shading device that puts the print in a new light. In 2007 a pipe burst in my basement in the room I used as a print studio. Many of my prints were destroyed or damaged. The prints above and below has staining due to the accident.