Methods & Materials
About My Giclée Prints
Born into an artistic family, I learned watercolors from my mother whose love of nature and God took hold in me as a child. I loved the outdoor life -and in particular birds, which became the subjects of my first paintings. It was all beauty and magic to me.
Later, I was inspired to treat the human form as energy in transition- to suggest an expanded awareness beyond the physical.
I view the landscape and the elements as the ideal setting to express a narrative about this experience.
Methods and materials
Using various dry media, watercolor, and painting software, I develop ideas by sketching nature, and using my own imagination, memories, and photo references. This process often produces related mixed media works and pigment inkjet prints (Giclée).
Water-based acrylic polymer emulsion is my primary painting medium. My approach combines pre-planned compositions with spontaneity during painting by layering, covering, or partially removing areas to generate unforeseen forms and discover hidden detail.
Below: watercolor sketch for "Wind Dancer", then developed in Photoshop, and finally an in-progress view of an acrylic version.
About Giclée: limited edition archival pigment inkjet prints
A Giclée (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 of a pre-determined number of copies. Each print posesses a superior lightfastness, stability, and longevity comparable to that of a painting made with archival quality materials.
In my case, these editions are either close reproductions of my paintings, or are original digital art. I make them myself or work directly with a specialist on the larger images.
The prints on paper have a generous border for framing, and mounted prints are varnished, have custom colored edges, and are ready to hang. They are all hand-signed, numbered and dated, and include a detailed certificate.
I was born in 1957. I live and work at the Western Avenue Lofts, a thriving artist’s community in Lowell, Massachusetts. I’ve been developing and exhibiting my artwork since 1975. In addition to outside exhibits, I open my studio to the public every first Saturday of the month during 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