Jean Thompson





From the moment I produced my first monotype two years ago, I was hooked. Creating a monotype is much like solving a puzzle. The process is a blend of analysis and discovery, the planned and the unexpected. Pulling the paper from the printing press to reveal the monotype is always exhilarating. Did all that planning and calculation bear fruit? Was there an unforeseen interaction of colors? What will be the next step?


Each print is the result of multiple runs through the press, creating layers of texture and transparent color. My inspiration comes from the colors and patterns of nature. I gather materials and ideas while walking in the woods, tending my garden, and walking along the beach. I hope to capture both the physical qualities and the atmosphere of natural places in my printmaking. Each new piece is an opportunity to learn more about the art of printmaking and to contemplate the beauty in the world.