Artist Statement Monoprints

My monoprints are created by carving an image into a block, painting printing inks onto the block with small brushes, then making a print on paper. Next, I go back into each print and add details using pencils, India ink, and more printing inks with smaller brushes to create truly one-of-a-kind images. Since I began creating monoprints about 5 years ago, I have focused primarily on the subject matter of “classic” themes- mother and child, nudes, portraits and self-portraits, family, etc. My aim is to show these themes in a fresh and intriguing style. Influences for my monoprints come from Japanese prints, photos of Bog people, along with the colors and compositions of Dick Jane and Sally book illustrations of the 1960s and 1970s.