Printmaking is, for me, a parallel processes to my mixed media paintings. It's a way to experiment with composition and ways of using form. In turn, the layered watercolor works influence the prints. I prefer watercolor mono prints and solar plate etching processes because of their less toxic properties. I use the hands-on techniques of painting and drawing, combined with digital photos, to prepare the films necessary to create the plates. I often cut the finished plates into major shapes and minor details allowing me to arrange them into unique compositions for each monoprint.
I take photographs while making on-site studies as an additional way to see imagery. Select photos are combined as grounds in the mixed media pieces.