My Process

Local designer and artist Dave Gnojek visited my studio a few years ago and blogged about my studio, process, and artwork.  I strongly encourage you to check out my Studio Tour!

The process of creating my work is involved and labor intensive.  Printmaking in general can be very tedious and methodical. I mainly work with the medium of serigraphy or screen-printing.

In creating a print, I start out by taking the photographs or making a drawing. After I have the image, as I want it to be in the finished print, I have it printed out onto a sheet of clear film ending up with a large positive of the image.  This positive image is then placed inside an exposure unit, which is used to transfer the image onto a silkscreen coated with a light sensitive photo emulsion.  I then create paper stencils by hand cutting all the tiny details with an xacto knife.

I use the stencils and begin the physical process of printing.

The skies are always printed first using a monoprint technique. I use paintbrushes and spatulas to paint, dab, and scrape the vivid colors onto to the screen to be printed.  Each sky varies sometimes slightly and sometimes drastically. I use a tool called a squeegee to push the ink through the open areas of the stenciled screen.  There is lots of prep work and clean up in between each run, using a powerwasher to clean the screen.

The final step is printing the photographic image over the stenciled sky and blocks of color. The results can be seen in my Gallery!  or catch a glimpse of my Process in action!


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