All of my artwork is centered on what I love most which is nature, all animals, and fantasy. I love telling stories and creating images that you have to look at closely to be able to see everything. This is because I put so much detail into every aspect of each piece. I also enjoy ornamentation design and often put borders around my pieces that complement my love for all things decorative. I strive to make art, from cards to etchings, that can be accessible to a wide variety of people; art that can take anyone to a new place or an old memory.
Drawing is at the core of every piece of artwork I create. Every illustration is hand-drawn to scale as a detailed pencil drawing first, usually on bristol board with a 2H or technical pencil. I then go over my pencil work with black archival ink pens to create my originals.
My printmaking work goes hand and hand with my drawing work. I’ll transfer a pencil drawing onto copper and draw the image again with an etching needle. The plate then is etched in an acid bath and printed on my table-top etching press.
Both my etchings and ink drawings get scanned into Adobe Photoshop to be colored digitally. This allows me to experiment along the way, and add colors in ways you can’t traditionally. I do sometimes watercolor as well. Every piece takes weeks to make, having so many stages to the process, but in the end I think it’s well worth it!