I love your work. How do you make it / what processes do you use?
My work consists of images created with painting and printmaking (usually monoprint). The way I work is intuitive and playful, and I work both within and without the traditional rules of these mediums. I began printmaking 25 years ago, and I have spent decades studying and honing my craft at art institutions around the world. The way I work with inks and paints is specific to my ideas and how I want to portray these ideas. Because my processes are complex, and personal to my own work, it is impossible to summarize or to describe the specifics about how I make my work.
How do you come up with the colors you use?
Mixing and playing with colors is one of the most enjoyable aspects of what I do as an artist. For me, there are no rules with color and I work fully with my own intuition and in-the-moment desires when mixing colors. A question I often ask myself is, “What colors are yummy to me today?”. I could spend weeks mixing colors.
How do you mix your inks / what printmaking materials do you work with?
I use traditional and archival printmaking materials when making my prints. My ink recipes vary, depending on many factors; the time of year, the weather, the properties of the colors I am using, and the projects I am working on. My expertise with printmaking allows me to work in an intuitive way with the materials I use.
Can I pick your brain about creativity / interview you for my school project?
At this point, I do not have the bandwidth for personal interviews. Recent interviews published about my work as an artist can be found here.
Do you teach classes?
I am a Professor at Kansas City Art Institute, where I have taught printmaking and book arts since 2002. In addition to my teaching at KCAI, I occasionally teach printmaking workshops at other art centers. I have an upcoming workshop at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in June 2019.
Do you license your work commercially?
Yes, I do take on selected licensing projects. I carefully consider each commercial project I do in the context of my career as an artist. I also work directly with two commercial publishers, Grand Image and West Elm. You can contact me to inquire further.
What works of yours are available for sale / how do I purchase your work / what is the price?
Most of my available artwork is for sale through the galleries I work with, and inquiries can be made directly to the galleries: Long View Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Olson-Larsen Gallery (Des Moines), Uprise Art (New York City), Weinberger Fine Art (Kansas City). My work is also for sale through the publishers I work with: Bedrock Art Editions (Kansas City), Círculo del Arte (Barcelona), Grand Image (Seattle), Pele Prints (St. Louis) and West Elm (New York City). Occasionally I have work for sale directly through my studio, and you can contact me directly to find out more.
Do you take custom orders for artwork?
Yes, I do take on selected projects and commissions like this. The location of the project, its scope and timeline are all factors in determining my availability and pricing. I welcome you to contact me directly to discuss ideas.