Barbara Marcus-McKenna

Professionally trained with a degree from Rhode Island School of Design, my love of painting is perfectly expressed in monotype. My process combines the freedom of painterly expression with the etching press technology and ingenuity of the Renaissance masters.

A monotype is an image painted on a printmaking plate that transfers to paper, one time, to become a single original. Embracing abstraction and painterly gesture with tools of brush and brayer, I layer various viscosity inks on a plexiglass plate. Using my etching press, the pigment is pushed into the paper fibers, resulting in unique surface effects that cannot be achieved by painting directly on paper. The image is transformed as pigment recedes into paper, creating alchemy of color and movement. Each monotype is unique and authentic with a directness unlike any other medium.

My art communicates through suggestion, moving the viewer beyond the analytical mind of predictability, arousing the innermost feelings of the heart.

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