As you can probably tell, this website is a labor of love. It was developed in different stages of my life. A lot of the art that I feature here are incomplete or, at least, I think they are. Part of the reason, of course, is the fact that art is never truly complete. This is especially true if you’re talking about sculpture or prints. There’s always a little bit of an embellishment that could be made. There’s always room for improvement. There are many different details that can stand a little bit more polishing.
If you are engaged in any kind of art, you would know exactly where I’m coming from. In fact, the people who would understand my point the most are poets. If you’ve ever written poetry, you know that there is always room for improvement. You can always reshape a word. You can pick a word that doesn’t quite capture the full range of emotional states you’re trying to convey and replace it with another word and this process can go on and on.
The same applies to sculpture. If you’re putting together a three-dimensional work using many different composite materials, you can easily be forgiven for thinking that you could have gone with other materials and give in to the temptation of swapping out materials just to get that right look. Maybe the sunlight is not bouncing on the item as cleanly or as effectively as you would like. Maybe the emotional range of reactions people get are not as vivid, raw and intense as you had imagined.
There’s always room for improvement with art and printmaking is no different. My comics, as intense as they are, covering as many different personal intimate situations as they do, can also use quite a bit of improvement. I talk about cancer. I talk about losing religion. I talk about abortion. I talk about racism in this website. These topics, as uncomfortable and offensive as they may be to some people, are all intended at peeling away polite behavior.
The problem with modern discourse is that we’re supposed to present a polite face to each other and unfortunately, as time goes by, we start confusing that polite face with who we really are. I probably don’t need to remind you of why this is a bad idea. If you think that this stuff is offensive, turns your stomach, makes you hate or otherwise gets under your skin, thank you. I’m doing my job well. I have done my job.
To help me with my mission in sharing the distinct joys and sublime charms of print making and print art-based comics, please feel free to reach out and send in any suggestions, comments, questions, or brainstorm with me via email. I truly believe that a great idea can only come from an interplay of two minds working together and challenging each other. Rest assured that I consider all questions. To me, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. In fact, in my mind, the only dumb question is the one that was not asked. So ask away!