About The Artist
I come from a long line of quilters; and like the strong women before me, I use everyday items to create my art. My collagraph prints are figuratively pieced together from fragments of images, words, and textured materials. My images are taken from my immediate environment–my garden, pets, trees, flowing water and daily rituals. My titles are taken from familiar phrases that I hear. These words generate improbable images which I draw and make into prints. My printing plates are constructed from collected materials such as lace and textured wallpaper. Like a quilter, I try to breathe new life and purpose into scraps.
The collagraph print is my primary medium. A collage plate is constructed from found materials such as cardboard, glue, fabric and even plants. The plate is hand printed from one to three times depending on the colors and the desired effects. The plates are printed on handmade paper–paper that I make from from cotton and common plants that I have gathered from nature or from my garden. The combination of color printing and handmade paper produces a rich, textured surface like the subtle patterns in a vintage quilt.