In my collage work I have developed a method of adding patina to the surface of paper using a burnishing technique and my etching press. Creating my own hand-printed paper allows me to invent a unique color palette that, when blended with snippets from my antique paper collection, permits me to have more control over the look of my final piece thus achieving a harmonious, modernistic, contemporary result.
Inspiration for print work comes from a myriad of sources. It could be the spontaneous patterns and forms that I see in the natural world, the visual chance meeting they make with man-made architecture or the auditory information I receive and how my brain processes it. Blending imagery with my everyday life, travels, adventures, dreams, and views through my studio window, guides my ability to pull the fragments together into a new form.
My mini collages tend to be more fanciful than my paintings or prints, exploring the push and pull of color, shape and pattern. Working with small snippets of paper castoffs, glue, wax and a knife, I arrange these compositions to create a visual haiku.
This playful collection depict farm scenes observed around my home turf; the Monadnock Region in New Hampshire, I have also captured scenes that have caught my eye in travels around Europe.