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With the rapid loss of open space and natural forests, I am driven to portray my love for organic, natural forms, and woodlands. Many of my pieces are made from pulp of recycled paper and may include bark for texture and added dimension. An optimist at heart, I try to make art that is uplifting, and at times with thoughtful commentary. I studied the German Expressionists, Impressionists, and many contemporary printmakers; with these influences my artwork is both representational and abstract. My passion for printmaking lies in the endless variety of techniques for manipulating materials to express my ideas. I find interesting textures using natural materials and found objects etched, inked, or impressed into thick rag paper. I also blend fields of color with more direct painterly techniques in monoprints, where accidents can be fascinating.