I am an observer. My bookshelves are filled with handmade illustrated journals. Drawings of trees, landscapes, botanical subjects, horses, cats, and figures are among my visual obsessions. I carry these journals with me everywhere, recording impressions and writing about my travels and everyday life. They are a rich source of images that recur in my mixed media prints, drawings, and paintings.
In the illustrated journal series, I combine hand colored heliogravure (etchings in the sun) and blind embossing (etched metal plates cut to shape with a jeweler’s saw). Each is composed like a two page book layout with my Italic calligraphy from selected passages in my journals. They are printed one at a time on cotton rag paper in a limited edition on a Charles Brand etching press in my studio. After the paper is dry, I hand color the heliogravures with watercolor or soft pastels.