The Mechanics


The Ink
       The ink I use is a transparent mixture of finely ground organic pigments and water. Solutions are developed with both carbon black and color pigments. Commercial mixtures, commonly called India ink, are available for purchase in bottled, ready to use concentrations.
       Any suspension of pigments in ink can be diluted with additional water. Light and dark value is manipulated by varying the quantity of the pigments. Desired outcomes materialize as water evaporates out. Pigments stick in place on the surface where they lie and dry in a waterproof state. A drawing's form and substance is described by the relative relationship each pigment has with others on the surface.

Work is Represented At:

45 Degree Gallery

Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center

Left Bank Gallery

​​​​So….What’s in the Wash   

    I am an artist and a story teller, but only have one story to tell right now. Luckily, with ink wash drawing, an infinite number of variations keep the tale evolving.
    Companion protagonists, trees and air, are plot fixtures in this “epic”. I imagine both with synchronized movement in a common universe. They are dynamic points of reference reflecting my personal thoughts. This thinking is translated to paper using black or colored India ink combined with volumes of water.
    To achieve my work I splash, flood, brush, stream pigments over a page, and erase. This activity, in a small way, is comparable to wind passing over a landscape. Surface fibers in the paper, fixed in place like trees, bend and sway in a reaction to the flow of liquid. Sometimes this mimics a slight breeze and at other times a full scale storm erupts. Ultimately, when things settle, pigments bond to the surface and dry in a waterproof layer.  Line and marks become the vocabulary used to narrate a time, place and circumstance. Each drawing is a glimpse of the world at a vertical stop in the continuous story. 

born: 1952, Casper Wyoming

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