Monotypes

As a painter, I am often asked why make a monotype instead of just painting on canvas? The process is so different! I use brushes and brayers to apply the inks, and all manner of materials to alter those colors: tarletan, Q-tips, tooth picks, wet wipes and more. The additive/reductive process leaves room for great surprises when the image is pulled off the plate. The resulting complexities, including the reversal of the painted image, can be rich and varied. My monotypes are often more abstract than my paintings, and they, in turn, inform new paintings with a fresh approach to favorite subjects.