My art expresses my experience of beauty in the natural world. On daily walks around the small urban lake near my home, I am captivated by patterns and cycles I see in plants, water, birds, and seasons. These familiar landscapes, as well as the interior terrain of thought, memory, and imagination inspire my work.
From 2009 until recently, my focus was textile art using the materials, tools, and techniques of katazome, or Japanese paste-resist stencil dyeing. This centuries-old textile art incorporates elements and gestures of both printmaking and painting, and relies on simple non-toxic materials such as rice paste resist, natural dyes, natural pigments, and soymilk.
My experience with katazome along with my desire to explore printmaking on paper has naturally led me to the Japanese watercolor method of woodblock printing, sometimes referred to as mokuhanga. I began taking workshops and learning this method. Then, in 2019 I had the opportunity to focus on mokuhanga via a five-week long residency at the Mokuhanga Innovation Lab (MI-LAB) in Fuji-Kawaguchiko, Japan.
Through woodblock print, I can approach making a picture in a layered way within a structure and process that causes me to study composition and color more deeply. I am constantly learning! As with katazome, the materials, tools, and processes of mokuhanga are as inspiring and pleasing to my senses as are my daily walks in nature.