Wednesday, April 9, 2008


This 2007 series is named for the month when I began the images. T.S. Eliot said that “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead ground.” April is also a time of change and of new beginnings. It was certainly that for me. Even though the themes of birds, leaves, and nature have been in my work for a long time, these images seemed to mark a new direction both technically and imaginatively. The pieces are quite intense in color compared to work done in the previous year.

These images began with a group of monotypes made on the press using natural objects (leaves, small weeds, etc.). I then developed the images with many other materials, such as watercolor, pencil, gouache and pastel. They are small in size (about 8” X 10”) but increasingly complex and layered.

April Star, April Bloom, April Love, April Sky, April Bird

April Bird

April Star

April Love

April Sky

April Bloom