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Samarai Bear, Watercolor, 2017
The Dog Artist, Watercolor
The Four Caballeros, Serigraph
Great Blue Heron, Serigraph
Venerable Elk, Watercolor, 2014
Dog In Kimono, Serigraph
Venerable Dog, Serigraph
I work in both watercolor and print techniques to create whimsical, kimono-clad animals. When I am not painting, I employ a technique known as serigraphy to create my work. It is a handprint process in which I push ink through a stencil onto paper. The stencil is mounted on a fabric mesh, which is mounted on a wooden frame. Each successive color in a print requires its own stencil and is printed separately. The process demands weeks or even months to complete an image.
As to the imagery, I began painting my dog while I was a student at Humboldt State University in the 1970s. The dog had actually saved me from an intruder and I painted several pieces in homage to my dog, Bazooka. I continued to use the dog as a model while I worked on a master's degree in printmaking at CSU Chico, but there, I began to use the dog to characterize myself, my life and experiences; an attribute known as anthropomorphism. Over the years, I have used several dogs and cats to represent my loved ones, my friends and myself. Recently, I have begun to incorporate outdoor wildlife such as great blue herons, eagles, and Roosevelt Elk.
My prints and paintings are shown extensively and are included in numerous collections; among them the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the University of California, Davis and the UNICEF Restoration Project, Krakow, Poland. I am a member of the California Society of Printmakers.
I consider myself fortunate to live on the North Coast with my husband, Mike, our four cats, and my dog model, Gracie.