New Portfolio: Aging on Copper

Over the past year, I’ve been working on various uses of the multiple – exploring ways in which the repeatability of printmaking will allow for the depiction of collections, juxtaposition, movement, and the passage of time.

The recently finished experimental portfolio, “The Aging of Mark Twain on One Copper Plate” is a study of the icon, aging, and time. The youngest portrait of the writer is a drypoint and aquatint on copper. The subsequent portraits are each etched over the burnished earlier images – all on the same plate. As a result, a progressive ambient “history” accumulates, revealing visible shadows of the past that themselves fade with each impression.

While choosing an icon, like Mark Twain, fits within the greater plan for next summer’s show at Wally Workman, I think if I were to try this concept again, it would be nice to choose someone not-famous, whose face not everyone can recognize. By simplifying the project in this way, the focus would fall more on the themes of time, change, and the life of an unknown subject, and less on the question of likeness, or our preformed ideas about the legacy of a historical hero.

What: The Aging of Mark Twain on One Copper Plate
Where: five etchings in sepia/black on Somerset in a gray/black portfolio
When: June – October 2011
Ambiance: a chronicle of bow-tie fashion trends between 1850 and 1910

Celebrating the Multiple


Last year’s donation of a portrait commission given to St. Andrew’s School’s scholarship fundraiser was won by a family with two sets of kind, smart, beautiful twin girls. Although the print included three human figures more than I had originally anticipated, the process – as well as working larger than I normally do – was rewarding, and I ended up with a varied edition. Each girl received her own proof of the print on Christmas morning, randomly choosing one of four that were each wrapped in different corners of the room.

I love seeing prints displayed in multiples, and the Shermans have done a beautiful job of displaying these three together in their living room. Thanks to the Shermans for inviting me to stop by and see how a piece of my work has become part of a family’s daily life and home.

The Sherman Girls, Fishing
Venue: their living room wall
Dates: long-term
Ambiance: homey and relaxing – a steep-roofed Austin house full of art with personal stories

New Editions


Here’s a detail of the first figurative piece of 2010 (I believe another addition to the Plus a Century portfolio). And below, the first abstract narrative, titled, This is where things grew before they grew here.

Pieces from the Halfpenny Portfolio are also being shown right now at the Kala gallery alongside Transformative Processes in Environmental Art. There will be a panel discussion of the exhibit on February 20th at 2pm.

New Edition: Karla and Zoe

Newly off the press: Karla and Zoe, inspired by Cassatt’s Mother’s Kiss and Maternal Caress. Many thanks to Susan Kemner-Reed and her family for the extensive reference work. Mrs. Kemner-Reed is currently at the Art Institute of Chicago pursuing her own work with a TICA grant. She shows at Wally Workman gallery in Austin, Texas.

New and Different Prints…

First: Why don’t I make more more monoprints? Why all of this delayed gratification?
Second: Perhaps some experimenting is in order…
Third: I am now going to make a print for every book I have read in the last year. (Perhaps just the good ones…) Graham Greene will be next on my list…

Below, you shall find:

First: the monotype I am donating to the ICASecond: the monoprint titled, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Third: the newest woodcut / drypoint concoction I’ve been working on over the last month called, Backyard; Midland, Texas; 1989