Monoprints are once only impressions transferred to paper from a textured plate, so that each print will have a repetitive element. My recent monoprints explore themes of erosional landforms and the effects of a rising sea by inking debris and sand from the beach glued to 8-ply mat board. Charbonnell oil-base etching inks are applied to the mat board plate with small felt daubers and wiped with tarlatan. Then a sheet of dampened rag paper is placed on top, and run firmly through a manual etching press. Each monoprint is unique and printed one at a time. When dry, selected monoprints are glued to prepared wood panels, sealed with beeswax and varnish medium, and fused with a heat gun. Twigs, sand, bark, and petals are imbedded into the wax.
Recent encaustics are enlarged digital prints on film transferred to wood panels, allowing the wood grain to filter through the imagery and contribute to the resonance of the final artwork. After sealing the transfer with encaustic medium, organic fragments and actual earth oxides are imbedded in additional layers of encaustic, creating a luminous surface patina. Layers progress slowly, evolving with no preconceived final stopping place, as in nature, where circumstances of weather choreograph unplanned vistas.