M O N O T Y P E S

In the Arena
Burning Man
Sign of the Times
The Seer
Once in a Blue Moon
Alter Piece
Men's Dance
Fragments
Taking Shape
Spring Thaw
Spring Thaw #3
Spring Thaw #4
Spring Thaw #5
Spring Thaw #6
Spring Thaw #7
Spring Ritual #9
Stormy Spring
Pink Clouds
Kooning 1
Kooning 2
Kooning 3
Kooning 4
Kooning 9
Ladies Day
True Colors
True Colors #4
True Colors #5
Mask #10
True Colors #9
Visitation
The Gathering
Many Lives Many Forms
Ancestors
Reoccurring Lives
Emotion & Color
David
Portrait of Hiding
Bald Man #9
Portrait of a Bald Man
Woman #3
Man
Valerie
Woman w Diamonds
Man in Stripe Shirt
Mannequin & Hanging Ball
Mannequin 2
Mannequin w/Shadow
Lost at Sea
Emotional Landscape
Man Contained
Inner World
3 1/2 + 2 Small
Womb Figure w/Box
Womb Figure 2
Womb Figure #2
Womb Figure 2a
Womb Figure 3
Man with Window Shadows
Burning Man 2
Speeding Man
Message:The Space Between
Self Portrait 2 '77
Inner Spiral  4
Swath Revealing
Central Ave
Rooftops ABQ
Night Ride
Passing in the Night
Night Ride Home
Night Ride Home 2
Landscape in 3 Shapes
Portrait in Shapes #26
Portrait in Shapes #23
Portrait in Shapes #36
Portrait in Shapes #21
Portrait in Shapes R&B
Large Shapes Portrait #7
Large Portrait in Shapes #13
The Bridge
Lost in a Storm
Burning Oil Fields
New Mexico Landscape
NM Landscape 2
Fertile Valley
NM Canyon
Night Shuffle
City Night Dance
Night Boogie
Night Window Shopping
Corner Store Night Scene
City Late Night
Urban Dance
City Shuffle (Joe's City)
Shopping Dreams 7
Shopping Dreams 8
Shopping Dreams 5
Shopping Dreams 1of 3
Shopping Dreams 2
Shopping Dreams 3
Storyline w/Red Woman
Leaning Inward
The Great Swirl
Growing Upward
Creation Triptych
Man w/Shadows #4
Man w/ X Shadow
Wrapped Man
Three Men in Shadows
Men in Window w/Shadows
Two People in Window
To the Inner Room
Man in Window w/Flowers
Woman w/Baby in Window
M O N O T Y P E S
I have been making monotypes for almost 50 years and I like making them because the ink is as easily wiped away as it is added, allowing the image to quickly go through many changes. Monotypes are the perfect marriage of painting and printmaking. They require 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 color on paper.
I found that making an edition of a print that requires multiple color plates in order to produce the final print, much too slow for my sensibilities.  For me, working with color is an emotional and experiential process, light waves and vibrations, tuning-in to subtle feelings and intuitions, and requiring me to be present, patient, yet ready to act quickly in a fleeting moment. Monotypes allow me to work spontaneously, in full color, and directly on the plate, similar to painting. I use all kinds of tools, like rags, Q-tips, fingers, paper, wood, etc. There is also a time restraint because the thin layer of ink can dry out if you work on the image too long. This requires making sure that there are no dried out areas on the image or these parts will fail to fully transfer the ink. If this does happen then these dry areas must be repainted to ensure a good transfer occurs. But don't take too long or other areas of the plate might have by then then dried out as well.
 
Once there is an image on the plate ready to print, it 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 made using shapes cut out of sheet metal, click the center link below.