Hi! I'm a printmaker, painter, pastor and lover of all things butter. In my daily life, I am a second career ordained clergyperson with a specialized ministry in pastoral care and counseling. My first career was as a corporate publications manager, which married my college English major writing skills with printing skills learned in high school Shop and college printmaking.
Throughout the years of working with large commercial printers and creating publications with purposeful messages, I never stopped loving making prints as art. The ability to transfer images and make multiples is magical.
I live in Cincinnati and we are fortunate to have here a local organization of printmakers called Tiger Lily Press, which has been around for 40 years www.tigerlilypress.org. TLP artists run a printmaking shop in one of the city's recreation centers and offers classes to people of varying interest and ability levels. I got back into printmaking because a beginning silk screen printing class was offered at TLP at a time I could go. It was one of those times in life where there was a lot of junk going on. Having a four week, once a week, class brought an old love and some sanity back into my life. And a new hobby quickly became an obsession...and now a side hustle. I love it!
I have continued with silk screen printing stylized motifs on towels, aprons and other household textiles.
I also print patterns I design on upcycled fabrics derived from deconstructed thrift store shirts that I make into purses and other bags.
I occasionally take commissions to make gift table linens or special occasion textiles.
Yes, I print on paper.
I print using both paper stencils cut by hand and emulsion stencils derived from hand cut paper images. Both processes give my work a uniquely wonky look.
I am also a watercolor artist, being particularly interested in the flora of places I travel. Many times, my watercolors are translated into screen printing stencils designs. Oops! Seems I’ve gotten into collage lately too. A little cut and paste magic is good for the soul.
I am an artist member and on the board of Tiger Lily Press in Cincinnati, where I print and also teaches various silk screen printing classes www.tigerlilypress.org and I teach block printing on fabric at The Weaver’s Guild of Cincinnati www.weaversguildcincinnati.org, another local resource, this one for all things fabric (not just weaving). Fabric prep, bag construction and painting happens at my home studio, the real Real Butter Studio, a butter colored second floor room that looks out into a large oak tree. The real butter is made in my red mixer.
I show and sell my work at Cincinnati area sales. It can be purchased on this site soon!