JACK THE UNFOCUSED PRINTMAKER:
I am basically a story teller who uses prints as my vocabulary. My approach is eclectic. Although I have done monoprints, I tend to use traditional relief printing methods, either a barren or a 1947 Vandercook Letterpress Press by the name of Ursula; then again, I have an Italian etching press named Guido!
I make prints, primarily linocuts. I also create my own limited edition books. In addition to my own work, I, at times, have worked with authors and illustrate their books including covers.
My work is influenced by life experience and, most importantly, my constant amazement at what human beings believe in and how they choose to live their lives! My work tends to be in-your-face wrought with irony and whimsy.
I love what I do and enjoy the results especially when a viewer looks at the work and smiles. They get it! I can go on and wax philosophical regardng my work but I won't. If you want to know how and why I do what I do, email me. I will always answer. For the most part, I am rather unfocused. For example, I spent two years, off and on, printing my versions of Arctic stories and mythologies. Lately, I have been perusing old photos and occupations and have recently come up with my "Common Man " series. Who knows what will be next but that's the joy of it.
I have exhibited throughout the United States in galleries and museums. My prints are in collections in the United States as well as in Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and I am sure others because people travel.
In addition to Artspan.com and Absolutearts.com, my work can be seen at the Palace of the Governors Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM or on the Museum of New Mexico website NewMexico Creates.com.
Finally, I love to work with writers who would entertain using my prints to illustrate their story or book covers. So, feel free to contact me. As they said in the film "Casablanca", "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship".