The monotype is a form of printmaking which originated in seventeenth century Italy. Rediscovered and raised to a higher realm of art by Degas two hundred years later it was a much favored medium for such artists as Pissarro, Gauguin, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Maurice Prendergast and Milton Avery. The monotype, a single printed impression, is produced by painting a picture or design on a flat surface of glass or metal, and transferring it onto a sheet of paper by means of pressure. More intimately connected to the original sketch than woodcut, etching or lithograph, it combines the spontaneous quality of a drawing, gouache or oil sketch with the magical impress of a fine print.

I became interested in the monotype based on my love of painting. It is the best of both worlds for me because it combines both printmaking and painting into one process. I first started experimenting with Createx paints (an acrylic-based paint), but quickly found oils worked best for me. The majority of my monotypes are rural landscapes based on photographs taken by my sister, Kathryn.