I have been fascinated by medieval illuminations
and Persian and Indian miniatures, which has set a scale for my
work, and inclined me toward meticulous detail and brilliant color.
I also have been influenced by Renaissance engravings, classic
storybook illustrations, and exotic art in general.
I find my inspiration in nature, in the world
around me, in my home, my garden, my family, my pets, and of course,
in art history. I prefer subjects of a whimsical, humorous nature,
and to represent what I would like to see, rather than straight-out
I have worked on a large collection of “Stamps
from Tuzo”, which originated as a tribute to Donald Evans, but
took on a life of its own, and I went on to include “letters”
to any number of other artists whose work I have enjoyed, incorporating
versions of their artworks as stamps.
I love to experiment with different media, since
each new medium brings a new perspective to my work. My favorites
are colored pencil and/or a combination of india ink and liquid
watercolor on paper.
The stamps are ink and watercolor on rag paper, with hand-perforated
edges, and mounted on hand-made Japanese-style papers. Some of
the older stamps are hand-colored etchings.
The etchings are on copperplate, prints pulled by myself, and
those that are hand-colored are each uniquely done in watercolor.