I believe art is a unique visual language. My work is a combination of the skills and artistic talent I have developed throughout my life and career. The art I create blends traditional, hand-carved linocut printmaking with digital graphic design and photography. I am drawn to the organic motifs, figures and colour palettes of Art Nouveau. I also bring elements from nature, spirituality, fairy tales and history into my artwork.
There are endless opportunities to learn from both traditional and modern processes of making art. Weaving old and new techniques together to create beautiful images is the foundation of my work. The enduring quality of vintage art and design inspires me to create prints, cards and jewelry with my linocuts.
Linocut is a relief printmaking technique similar to woodcut. The process begins with carving an image into linoleum using a V-shaped gouge. The remaining uncarved area is inked with a roller then pressed onto paper by hand or with a printing press. My linocut artwork begins with a drawing on linoleum. I prefer to use linoleum that is mounted on a wooden block. Once the image is carved I hand-print my linocut using water soluble ink. Next, I scan my lino print to create a digital image that can be fine-tuned with colour and text. Combining the graphic quality of the lino print with the versatility of digital technology allows me to create rich textures and colours in my linocut artwork and designs.