2020 Drawing / Printmaking
New Boston, Texas
The self taught artist works on this his second career with the same passion that he pursued his first. Eac h piece is meticulously layered and burnished until the desired effect is attained . Four seasons created with wax pencil. No digital aids are used: he enjoys the slow creative process, first designing and then burnishing intensely with the wax pencil until a brilliant effect is achieved. The artwork is sealed with archival sealer.
Through close observation, I render my graphite pencil drawings as detailed and realistic as possible. Without the use of color, my drawings must stand on design and value alone. Opposed to pen and ink, pencil allows me to obtain all of the subtle values ranging from very light to very dark. Charcoal, being very soft, doesn’t allow for fine details.
Like most artists, I have a vision of what I want to draw and must research, photograph and sketch until I have illustrated what I envision.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
My works are drawn in ink utilizing a variety of different pens such as: micron drawing pens, a dip pen and india ink, dry brushing with micron ink, and occasionally a marker or graphite on either watercolor or drawing paper.
I want my work to communicate a delicate balance between color and movement. My intent is to entice the viewer to look closer and be transported into a rhythmic assemblage of unexpected shapes.
My monoprints are created using collagraph plates and various materials. The collagraph plates are constructed with modeling paste, string, palm hair, fabric, paper, wallpaper, wood, gloss medium and gel medium. I use the collagraph plate as a background or to transfer images and textures to cut shapes of paper. I combine them with the different inked materials. These are arranged and printed in multiple layers on 100% cotton handmade archival paper. The resulting original image is the only one of its kind and cannot be reproduced.
“I feel our world has become oversaturated with mass machine made production items. Fine works of art are becoming a rarity as people have left behind the tradition of working with one’s hands. It has taken many years to acquire my skills, a process of learning which is ever continuing. I strive to create works of art that can be cherished by their owner and enjoyed by generations to come.”