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I make hand-colored etchings using copper plates. They are colored with opaque watercolor. Everything is done by hand.


My hand-colored etchings are rather whimsical with animals, birds and plants as the usual themes. Some of the etchings have words etched in the borders as the animals and plants have conversations about one thing or another. 25 years ago only a few of the etchings had words and people coming in my booth at fairs were disappointed if there were no words and so telling a story developed that way.

I grew up in a military family and spent 5 years in the Panama Canal Zone. I discovered both etching and hand-built clay at Barton College in Wilson, NC and continued hand-built clay and relief etching through graduate school at Peabody College in Nashville, TN. I taught mostly K-6 art in Nashville and continued working in clay those 15 years. During that time I joined SHHG and showed clay animals and sculpture. After designing a T-shirt for our TACA fair in Nashville, I decided to do etching again. The people and animals in the etchings look like those in clay.

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