Relief Prints are my primary medium. I depict the wildlife and landscapes of Florida for which I have a deep and abiding passion. I live in North Central Florida, a beautiful and still somewhat wild place, where I spend a great deal of time hiking, swimming and canoeing. Most of my prints come from direct experience with the land and it's creatures, some from the stories and poems of people I love.
My most recent work focuses on area springs and rivers, particularly the Ichetucknee. Our springs are in danger of disappearing forever due to depletion of our aquifer through over use of our water resources. Nitrates have also diminished water quality drastically in recent years. I want to record and preserve the beauty that still exists and inspire others to love and care for our land and water and the creatures that depend on its survival.
I have done a number of pieces of art based on Paines Prairie, an amazing wetland filled with birds and reptiles - particularly Alligators and Sandhill Cranes.
Relief prints are created by carving images that I have drawn out of either wood or linoleum. The carved blocks are then inked and printed on a 100 year old Charles Brand press. Some of my prints are hand colored with watercolor. Each hand-pulled print is considered an original work of art and images are printed in editions of 100 prints.