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My work is inspired by scenes from my many travels and by my local environment. It combines intense vivid colors and bold shapes to create strong images that are statements about our life and times. Objects and scenes can become semi-abstract compositions in color. Color is very important and provides the main impact; it attracts, uplifts, enriches and excites.

Profile of the Artist

Etchings and Monotypes
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lived in Jerusalem, Israel and in Boston before settling in San Francisco.  Media include monotypes and etching.

- Member: S. F. Bay Printmakers at Fort Mason, Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco

- One-man Shows: University of California, San Francisco
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

Group Shows: Fort Mason: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997. 1998. 1999. 2000. 2001..

S.F. Open Studio:1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Viscosity Monotype
A monotype is a one-of-a-kind print.  Ink is applied directly to a smooth plate to create an image. Brushes, rollers or even a rag can be used to produce different effects. The plate is then placed on the bed of a printing press. A damp piece of printing paper is placed over the plate and covered with special blankets. The sandwich is then rolled through the press, transferring the image from the plate to the paper. The pressure leaves an embossed imprint of the plate in the paper, this being a hallmark of an original print.

Viscosity monotype is a specialized technique using inks of different viscosities. The coloured areas of the image are painted onto the plate with a brush, using very oily inks.  The dark areas are then filled in by rolling over the plate with a large roller coated with non-oily 'sticky'ink. Because of their different viscosities, the dark and coloured inks resist each other, creating interesting  3-dimensional  effects on the flat surface.

How to care for an original print
These works on paper are created using oil-based printing inks and are printed on high quality 100% cotton, acid-free paper. If properly cared for they will last for many years. Prints can be framed by ‘floating’ the print on a backing board, or by matting the print. In the latter case the print is sandwiched between a backing board and a window mat. It is very important to use only acid-free mat and backing boards as contact with acid will yellow the paper and destroy it over time. As with all art works, prints should be protected from direct sunlight to avoid fading.

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