• Artist Statement

    I grew up living in Europe, North Africa and several states in the USA, among diverse cultures, absorbing a rich mix of visual worlds. I have a visceral memory of the colors, shapes and textures of the fields and forests of France, England and Scotland, the mountains of Colorado and Austria and of the buildings, gardens, streets, and markets of Italy, Libya and Morocco. My peripatetic youth has given me an interest in the history of a place and its people and I am drawn to old cultures.

    My early work was inspired by the visual history of old walls, especially the color saturated ones of Mexico; their peeling layers of lime and milk based paint, stains caused by water and seeping minerals, and patina from people and animals touching and rubbing against them over the years.

    Perhaps because of a school year spent in Libya, an incredible trip into the Moroccan Sahara when I was twenty, and yearly visits to New Mexico begun in my thirties, I also have been drawn to painting vast and uncluttered desert landscapes with their sensual curving dunes, mesas and canyons and crystal, mercurial light. The desert and old, weathered walls have helped me to place myself within nature as well as human history.

    I began to include trees – the colors, textures and patterns of tree barks and the incredible shapes of pods and seeds ­– in my prints when I became a volunteer with the Friends of the Urban Forest helping to care for San Francisco’s street trees. This led to including drawings of insects, then to inking pine needles, grass, pieces of bark, and other bits from nature to create patterns in my prints and finally to using them to imbed texture into plaster plates that I started making in 2008. Trees led to birds, their feathers, nests and skeletons.

    I have been employing solar plates (etched using sun and water only) for over six years, alone and combined with inked plexiglass plates and handmade plaster plates.  Many of my prints also include chine collé using Japanese papers and, sometimes, hand-dyed fabric. I create either monotypes (one of a kind) or monoprints (a series using solar plates and/or plaster plates).