This blog is devoted to my collagraphs and monotypes
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Red-Breasted Nuthatch #2 (Collagraph of Female Bird)
One of my customers commissioned me to do a collagraph of this funny little bird. I think I have only seen white-breasted nuthatches here in Missouri and had figured that one day I would do a collagraph of one of those guys hanging upside down on a tree (which still may happen). But for now here's my version of the red-breasted female.
Thirty years ago I started my exploration of techniques and use of color both in printmaking and in painting. While first at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and then at Washington University in St. Louis I learned printmaking techniques including lithography, block printing and etching and was later introduced to collagraphy. Coupled with an intensive curiosity about the printmaking techniques came a great interest in exploring spatial relationships and volume with my oil painting work.
My subject matter has tended toward still lives. My early work was predominately about pottery and reflections and their inter-relationships. These provided a good avenue to explore color and play with spatial relationships. Color is all important.
Over the past 15 years I have exhibited my work in numerous major cities and am included in many corporate collections. A sampling of the corporations that have purchased my work include: Allied Signal Corp., Cigna, Citicorp, Marriott Corp. and PepsiCo, Inc.