Printmaking gives me an opportunity to give up some of the control I exhibit with my paintings and allow happenstance to occur. Printmaking’s good for me because it requires me to loosen up.
In most printmaking processes, I work on a mirror image of the final print. Thinking backward is good exercise for my brain but can make for some surprises when the paper is lifted from the press and I see the big reveal. I find with printmaking, especially with mono printing, that I enjoy the same tactile involvement I felt long ago in my life as a potter.
I favor working subtractively; perhaps because it brings me back full circle to that magic time of childhood when art was play and my finger was the tool of choice.