I have chosen to work in the medium of Monotype because it allows chance to have a role in the painting. The challenge to me is to let chance do its
work but then take what happens back to my painterly control and training.
I use acrylic paints because of their low toxicity and environmental safety, and I have created simple methods of keeping them moist long enough to
work in this fashion. So, I paint onto a sheet of Plexiglas, lay a sheet of paper on top and rub the back with a tool called a baren or a heavy printing
pin. Then it is time to study, think, plan the next layers of paint. Back to the Plexiglas, then, for the next layer of painting, the next printing, and
so on and so on.
Often these Monotype-paintings will have ten or twelve layers of paint, that many times of printing. When I've reached a satisfactory level of
completion of the image the Monotype goes up on a wall, there to be studied more and painted on directly if need be.
For the last few years I have once again returned to painting on canvas.
These paintings begin with the process outlined above, but move quickly to
direct painting. It is interesting to get textures and marks from the
monotype process and then to work on top with brush or knife using paints of
different thicknesses or different opacity levels. My subjects in the
canvases remain the same, landscape and music.