How did you get involved with the IPRC?
I first went to the IPRC on Division with a friend who partook in the comics certificate program. From there, I took a letterpress class (which somehow I got my job to pay for!). Eventually I started coming to the current location for the letter writing group.
What is your favorite medium to work in?
Etching! I have been printmaking since I was 16 and my high school art teacher, who I still keep in touch with, was a printmaker.
What draws you to the materials that you utilize in your work?
Honestly, knowledge and practice. I’ve been doing printmaking for over half my life now. It’s like a language I’m fluent in. I can speak it without thinking too hard.
As a printmaker who makes a lot of etchings and relief prints, what do you like about process-based work?
Where do you draw subject matter from?
When you sit down to make artwork, where do you like to start? Can you walk us through your process a bit?
You’ve lived, worked, and learned in a variety of places across the world. What drew you to the Portland art community, and what keeps you here?
Are you working on any projects right now?
How has your involvement with the IPRC influenced or changed the way that you create?
I don’t think it has influenced my art so much but it influences and feeds my soul. The IPRC has always been about a community that centers around art. As a licensed art therapist, I believe that such places need and have to exist. I have a private studio where I create my images since etching isn’t something the IPRC offers, but happily serve on the board so that the community and myself can have a space to form connections and meet other artists.
All images used with permission of the artist
Interview by Mazey Hoffman