Biography

    I have been making prints since  the 3rd grade, when  Mrs. Murphy gave us knives and linoleum in a summer class at the Worcester Art Museum.   Printing my first  carving,  the magic of reversal fascinated and hooked me.    “Drawing” with knives, I began a delightful, life-long  exploration of linoleum, woodcut, and quilting. 


  Working from numerous sketches made on site, I  bring a block that has been stained black and draw right onto it, then carve  it from memory back in the studio.   I print the largest blocks with a wooden spoon and  barren on Misu paper, a tough luminous Japanese rice paper.

  My primary focus is on wetlands and fragile, transitional ecosystems.    I am deeply concerned with environmental issues and the inter-dependence of  elements such as the micro organisms that begin the food chain towards the lobsters we harvest.  Our oceans and forests are biomes that nature shapes constantly with indifference to their history;  wind, water, and currents  nourish and destroy during a season and over the course of thousands of years.   I see the making of art as research and the hard-edged properties of woodcut evocative of nature’s hostility as well as its fragility, beginning with a close observation of shapes brought together with light.