Original Artwork - Hand-Pulled Custom Screen Prints

The process of creating my work is involved and labor intensive. Printmaking in general can be very tedious and methodical. I mainly work with the medium of serigraphy or screen-printing.

In creating a screen print, I start out by taking the photographs or making a drawing. After I have the image, as I want it to be in the finished print, I have it printed out onto a sheet of clear film ending up with a large positive of the image. This positive image is then placed inside an exposure unit, which is used to transfer the image onto a silkscreen coated with a light sensitive photo emulsion. I then create paper stencils by hand cutting all the tiny details with an xacto knife.

I use the stencils and begin the physical process of printing.

The skies are always printed first using a monoprint technique. I use paintbrushes and spatulas to paint, dab, and scrape the vivid colors onto to the screen to be printed. Each sky varies sometimes slightly and sometimes drastically. I use a tool called a squeegee to push the ink through the open areas of the stenciled screen. There is lots of prep work and clean up in between each run, using a powerwasher to clean the screen.

The final step is printing the photographic image over the stenciled sky and blocks of color.

In this listing I feature both rural and urban scenes.

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