I began my printmaking explorations after working in metal fabrication and ceramics. The enjoyment I felt was an automatic response to the materials and printmaking seemed like a natural next step. The entire procedure of interpreting the image carving, inking,and printing the plate, all allows for the subtle variations that add to the mystery of the process and my enjoyment of the actions involved. I draw inspiration from family photos of simple times together usually outdoors. The slow process of working the plate allows me a chance to revisit and recollect these moments a second time. I often use the diptych format because it aids in the storytelling and sets the feeling for the print. My color palette ranges from soft earth tones to primary colors depending on the visual understanding I want to convey. The images are often at a distance because it gives the impression that each individual represents anybody and everybody. This is especially so in my feet portraits. The people are interdependent on the group. They all have something in common.