Barbara Shapiro
Artist Statement
 
My two loves are Printmaking and Drawing and Painting from the figure . My Printmaking is almost exclusively Abstract yet my Paintings and Drawings are largely figured based.

The works  on my website illustrate my passion for both of these. The tools that I work with seem to  dictate the kind art I create.  India Ink mostly inspires abstracts; acrylics, charcoal and pastel work for my figures and etching inks are specific to my printmaking.
 
I am a non-toxic Printmaker who travels between Pronto Plate Lithography, Monotypes and Monoprints, Carborundum prints, Dry Points and whatever else captures my imagination when I begin putting ink to brayer.
 
Below is an explanation of how my printmaking process.

What is most interesting to me is types of layering. My most recent works have been printed on Mylar that already has a ground on it. It could be an India ink wash or acrylic paint that was from a work that I am no longer satisfied with.  
 
 I use metal plates  when doing Monotypes and often have 5 or 6 successively inked layers rolled out without removing the ghost from previous printings as I print . This layering process creates a richer and more interesting print. And Pronto Plate Lithography allows me to cut out shapes and ink them separately reorganizing them like puzzle pieces either in their original configuration or some variation. 

LMy two loves are Printmaking and Drawing and Painting from the figure . My Printmaking is almost exclusively Abstract yet my Paintings and Drawings are largely figured based.

The works  on my website illustrate my passion for both of these. The tools that I work with seem to  dictate the kind art I create.  India Ink mostly inspires abstracts; acrylics, charcoal and pastel work for my figures and etching inks are specific to my printmaking.
 
I am a non-toxic Printmaker who travels between Pronto Plate Lithography, Monotypes and Monoprints, Carborundum prints, Dry Points and whatever else captures my imagination when I begin putting ink to brayer.
 
Below is an explanation of how my printmaking process.

What is most interesting to me is types of layering. My most recent works have been printed on Mylar that already has a ground on it. It could be an India ink wash or acrylic paint that was from a work that I am no longer satisfied with.  
 
 I use metal plates  when doing Monotypes and often have 5 or 6 successively inked layers rolled out without removing the ghost from previous printings as I print . This layering process creates a richer and more interesting print. And Pronto Plate Lithography allows me to cut out shapes and ink them separately reorganizing them like puzzle pieces either in their original configuration or some variation. 

Lots of possibilities add richness to my work and to my life.