Printmaker and Metal Artist
"I am a blend of Asian and European descendants and that is carried into my art. I combine traditional European etching techniques with traditional Japanese scroll mounting on my silk work.
I add my modern sense of design, with clean and direct elements, to this complex art form. The results are contemporary and always one-of-a-kind. Each piece is a completely handcrafted work of art.
It is my desire that my work creates a sense of peace, stillness, and balance. My ultimate goal is to bring that, and more, to all viewers and collectors of my work.
Each piece, while modern, is created using an ancient process-- copper etching. The copper surface is masked with resistant material-- a liquid tar-- and then submerged in acid. It is never submerged for more than two hours before it is rinsed and then re-submerged again for a total of 24 hours in acid. The resist area is unaffected while the unprotected surfaces slowly are etched.
Printing is the final stage. I ink the plates and then lay dampened silk on them. They are then rolled through my printing press with many hundreds of pounds of pressure the image is virtually embossed onto the silk.
Over the years my copper plates themselves have become sought after. I sometimes create them as a stand-alone piece, never printing them. I ink them and often paint them before clear coating the entire surface. They are then mounted on silk and framed or left just as copper. I sometimes bend the copper to make wall sculptures. Truly one-of-a-kind, my work has been purchased by collector on several continents.
I enjoy working on a larger scale (3'x8'), including doing pieces for larger public spaces. These public work commissions are deeply expanding my reach and scope. I am excited to know that my art will be seen by an even larger audience."
One of a kind etchings on Japanese Silk, with metal leaf incorporated on a select few.