As a child growing up in New York, my father's art studio was always a place of inspiration and joy for me. One of the essential things he taught me was that all designs originate in nature. That lesson has always been central to my work.
I moved to California where I attended California State University Northridge and majored in art with an emphasis in textile design, interior design, and drawing and painting. I then went on to have a career in the commercial interior design industry.
Studying art in its various forms is a lifelong pursuit for me. Several years ago I was introduced to printmaking by a local artist and teacher, Leslie Katz. Since then, I have immersed myself in the process, specifically making monotype prints using an etching press. Working in this medium offers me spontaneity and flexibility that I enjoy.
My monotypes are about manipulating the familiar, playing with color and form, and shifting perspective. I often choose organic subjects, such as flowers and leaves, which invite me to work with their structure and design. I’m motivated by the unexpected and enjoy pushing the printing process to places where I am not quite certain of the outcome.
When I start a print, I deconstruct or rearrange my subject matter to create a composition on a plate. I ink my plate with a color by rolling, painting or drawing onto it. Each time I run it through the press I am adding more color and or images until I reach my desired design. Sometimes as the positive and negative spaces emerge, I am inspired to explore a new direction with my work.
If you'd like to contact me, please send me an email at: laurawilsonhill ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com