M O N O T Y P E S

In the Arena

In the Arena

Burning Man

Burning Man

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

The Seer

The Seer

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

Alter Piece

Alter Piece

Men's Dance

Men's Dance

Fragments

Fragments

Taking Shape

Taking Shape

Spring Thaw

Spring Thaw

Spring Thaw #3

Spring Thaw #3

Spring Thaw #4

Spring Thaw #4

Spring Thaw #5

Spring Thaw #5

Spring Thaw #6

Spring Thaw #6

Spring Thaw #7

Spring Thaw #7

Spring Ritual #9

Spring Ritual #9

Stormy Spring

Stormy Spring

Pink Clouds

Pink Clouds

Kooning 1

Kooning 1

Kooning 2

Kooning 2

Kooning 3

Kooning 3

Kooning 4

Kooning 4

Kooning 9

Kooning 9

Ladies Day

Ladies Day

True Colors

True Colors

True Colors #4

True Colors #4

True Colors #5

True Colors #5

Mask #10

Mask #10

True Colors #9

True Colors #9

Visitation

Visitation

The Gathering

The Gathering

Many Lives Many Forms

Many Lives Many Forms

Ancestors

Ancestors

Reoccurring Lives

Reoccurring Lives

Emotion & Color

Emotion & Color

David

David

Portrait of Hiding

Portrait of Hiding

Bald Man #9

Bald Man #9

Portrait of a Bald Man

Portrait of a Bald Man

Woman #3

Woman #3

Man

Man

Valerie

Valerie

Woman w Diamonds

Woman w Diamonds

Man in Stripe Shirt

Man in Stripe Shirt

Mannequin & Hanging Ball

Mannequin & Hanging Ball

Mannequin 2

Mannequin 2

Mannequin w/Shadow

Mannequin w/Shadow

Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

Emotional Landscape

Emotional Landscape

Man Contained

Man Contained

Inner World

Inner World

3 1/2 + 2 Small

3 1/2 + 2 Small

Womb Figure w/Box

Womb Figure w/Box

Womb Figure 2

Womb Figure 2

Womb Figure #2

Womb Figure #2

Womb Figure 2a

Womb Figure 2a

Womb Figure 3

Womb Figure 3

Man with Window Shadows

Man with Window Shadows

Burning Man 2

Burning Man 2

Speeding Man

Speeding Man

Message:The Space Between

Message:The Space Between

Self Portrait 2 '77

Self Portrait 2 '77

Inner Spiral  4

Inner Spiral 4

Swath Revealing

Swath Revealing

Central Ave

Central Ave

Rooftops ABQ

Rooftops ABQ

Night Ride

Night Ride

Passing in the Night

Passing in the Night

Night Ride Home

Night Ride Home

Night Ride Home 2

Night Ride Home 2

Landscape in 3 Shapes

Landscape in 3 Shapes

Portrait in Shapes #26

Portrait in Shapes #26

Portrait in Shapes #23

Portrait in Shapes #23

Portrait in Shapes #36

Portrait in Shapes #36

Portrait in Shapes #21

Portrait in Shapes #21

Portrait in Shapes R&B

Portrait in Shapes R&B

Large Shapes Portrait #7

Large Shapes Portrait #7

Large Portrait in Shapes #13

Large Portrait in Shapes #13

The Bridge

The Bridge

Lost in a Storm

Lost in a Storm

Desert Storm

Desert Storm

New Mexico Landscape

New Mexico Landscape

NM Landscape 2

NM Landscape 2

Fertile Valley

Fertile Valley

NM Canyon

NM Canyon

Night Shuffle

Night Shuffle

City Night Dance

City Night Dance

Night Boogie

Night Boogie

Night Window Shopping

Night Window Shopping

Corner Store Night Scene

Corner Store Night Scene

City Late Night

City Late Night

Urban Dance

Urban Dance

City Shuffle (Joe's City)

City Shuffle (Joe's City)

Shopping Dreams 7

Shopping Dreams 7

Shopping Dreams 8

Shopping Dreams 8

Shopping Dreams 5

Shopping Dreams 5

Shopping Dreams 1of 3

Shopping Dreams 1of 3

Shopping Dreams 2

Shopping Dreams 2

Shopping Dreams 3

Shopping Dreams 3

Storyline w/Red Woman

Storyline w/Red Woman

Leaning Inward

Leaning Inward

The Great Swirl

The Great Swirl

Growing Upward

Growing Upward

Creation Triptych

Creation Triptych

Man w/Shadows #4

Man w/Shadows #4

Man w/ X Shadow

Man w/ X Shadow

Wrapped Man

Wrapped Man

Three Men in Shadows

Three Men in Shadows

Men in Window w/Shadows

Men in Window w/Shadows

Two People in Window

Two People in Window

To the Inner Room

To the Inner Room

Man in Window w/Flowers

Man in Window w/Flowers

Woman w/Baby in Window

Woman w/Baby in Window

M O N O T Y P E S

I have been making monotypes for almost 50 years. Making monotypes is one of my favorite medium, because it is easy to add ink or wipe it away, allowing images to quickly evolve, appear, disappear and transform, opening the door to the unknown. With it’s versatile properties, monotypes demand that I not just copy, but use this spontaneous freedom to find something interesting and meaningful. This requires taking the emotional risk of not knowing the outcome before you begin.

Monotypes are the perfect marriage of painting and printmaking. It requires the same sensibility as a painter, working in full color directly on the plate, yet the prints have unmistakable qualities that can only be achieved by printing the image on paper. I use all kinds of tools like: rags; Q-tip; my fingers; paper (to blot off ink, to cut shapes and edges to stencil or a mask an area); wood; razor blades, etc. 

To make an edition of a multicolored lithograph, etching, or serigraph requires the printing of multiple color plates in order to produce the final print, and this is too slow for my sensibilities.  For me, working with color is an emotional and experiential process; light waves and vibrationstuning-in to subtle feelings and intuitions; and requiring me to be present and patient, yet ready to quickly act in a fleeting moment. Monotypes allow me to work spontaneously, in full color directly on the plate, similar to painting yet the qualities of the printed image are very different from what can be achieved with painting. There is some time restraint, as the thin layer of ink can dry out if you work on the image too long, so efforts must be implemented to either keep the ink fresh by misting; or repaint the dried parts. 

Once there is an image on the plate ready to print, the plate is placed on the bed of an etching press, then covered with fine paper, woven blankets, and run through the rollers of the etching press, transferring the color from the plate onto the paper, and producing one unique mirror-image print. The plate can then be cleaned and a new image created; or the residual "ghost image" that remains after the print is pulled, can be reworked as a kind of serial evolution, creating a series of unique prints.
 
Monotypes, with its rich and versatile techniques, are conducive with my long-standing interest in gestural mark-making and rich textures. I always push the limits of this medium yet I feel I have only scratched the surface.

To view a series of monotypes I made using shapes cut out of sheet metal, click the center link below.