Methods & Materials
About Giclée Prints
Born into an artistic family, I learned watercolors from my mother whose love of nature took hold in me as a child. I loved the outdoor life, and in particular birds, which I started painting. It was all beauty and magic to me. A sense of the spiritual took hold and I was inspired to treat the human form as energy in transition- to suggest an expanded awareness beyond physical limitations. I view the landscape and the elements as the ideal setting for a narrative about this movement.
Methods and Materials
To develop painting ideas, I use direct observation, photo references and my own imagination and memories, sketching with pencil, charcoal, watercolor, or Photoshop. This part of my process often spawns additional related digital and mixed media works, some of which might manifest as Giclée inkjet prints. Water-based acrylic polymer is my primary painting medium, and my approach combines some careful pre-planning of painting in layers with rapid wet-into-wet brushwork, and sometimes wiping away partially dried areas to promote the chance effect and generate unforeseen forms.
Below: original watercolor sketch for "Wind Dancer", then developed in Photoshop, and finally an in-progress view of the acrylic version.
About Giclée: limited edition archival pigment inkjet prints
A giclée print (pronounced "zhee-clay") is a very high quality archival pigment inkjet print made using a digital image and printed on acid-free fine art paper or canvas in a limited edition. A giclée print has superior lightfastness, stability, and longevity, comparable to that of a painting made with archival quality materials.
My giclée prints are reproductions of my paintings and other digital creations. I make them one at a time using my own equipment. For prints wider than 17", I work with a specialist with a larger printer. All paper prints have a generous border for framing, and mounted prints are varnished, have custom colored edges, and are ready to hang. Each print is signed, numbered, dated, and includes a detailed certificate.
I was born in 1957. I live and work in a large and thriving artist’s community in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. From 1975 to the present I’ve been developing and exhibiting my personal artwork. In addition to outside exhibits, I open my studio to the public every first Saturday of the month for open studios.
1980 Concord Public Library, Concord, Mass., one-person show
1988 Acton Arts League, Acton, Mass., annual juried group show
1992 Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass., annual juried group show
1996 Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass., annual juried group show
1999 Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass., annual juried group show
2005 Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, Mass., group show
2008 Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, Mass., group show
2011 Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, Mass., “Essence” group show
2015 First Saturday Open Studios, Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Mass.
2016 First Saturday Open Studios, Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Mass.
2016 Sutra Studio, Lowell, Mass., solo exhibit of prints
2017 First Saturday Open Studios, Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Mass.
2017 Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, Mass., “The Space Between: reflecting an inner view of nature”, a 2-person show with the painter Lauren Middleton
2017 Lowell Telecommunications Corp., Lowell, Mass., “Energy Bodies in the Elements”, solo show
2018 First Saturday Open Studios, Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Mass.
2018 Gallery of the Boroughs, Northboro, Mass., "Perspectives", group show
Applied Art Projects
Since 1980, I have worked continuously in various professional applied art capacities:
- scenic artist for film and advertising photography, and industrial and art theater
- murals, decorative finishes, and detail painting for interior and exterior locations in private residences and public spaces
- floral and food illustrations for product packaging
Hillary Levin, "Energy Abounds in Person and on Canvas", Littleton Independent, March 10, 1988