The Artist

Proud to stand in front of two of my prints.

While I’ve always enjoyed and had an affinity for art, I didn’t truly start to dedicate myself to it until I went to college. My first attempts included both drawing and graphic design, but I left school to work full-time before I really focused my efforts to find a medium I enjoyed. I didn’t begin printmaking until years later, when I had left my full-time job to return to school to finish my degree. My senior thesis focused on bookmaking, but I found an additional love in printmaking. While every form my professor demonstrated was both fascinating and frustrating in its own ways, the ones that I most enjoyed (linocut and silkscreen) were also the two most able to fit easily into my small studio space once I graduated.

I’ve found, in the time since, that printmaking is relatively misunderstood when I venture out to display and sell my work. Many people hear “prints” and think of a piece that has been photographed from an original work of art and reproduced on a (hopefully) high-quality printer for more inexpensive resale. Not so, in my work. Every one of my pieces is created from plates or stencils that I have cut myself, by hand. Nothing is machine-made or computer-generated (even my notecards!). My linocut prints are all hand-rubbed from the plate as I currently work without a press, and the silkscreen prints are made using a single screen and a hand-pull squeegee. While I do keep all my linocut plates for possible future re-prints, the nature of my silkscreen technique requires me to dispose of the stencil as soon as I’m done with each color. Those pieces truly are limited editions.

One of the ultimate goals in printmaking is to create an edition that is as consistent across every print as possible, but I’ve found that even in my “best”, most consistent editions, every print has its own quirks and personality that make each one an individual, original work of art. It’s also why I like to keep my edition sizes small, to embrace each print’s uniqueness. At this point in my work, it is rare for me to have an edition size greater than 10 prints.

My home and studio are both currently located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have a “pay the bills” job during the week as a professional assistant, and my “pay the soul” job as an artist at nights and on the weekends. From mid-spring into winter, you can find me at local arts and crafts fairs on the weekends. If I met you at one of the fairs, thanks for stopping by to check out the website. All of my upcoming fair and show dates can be found on the Calendar page.

A cold winter day at the Milwaukee Art Museum.