I started my design path studying printmaking with Barbara Duval at the College of Charleston, learning monotype, intaglio, lithography, and woodcut, all taught using black inks and neutral or white papers. I went on to become a TA and Printmaking Instructor at my Alma Mater, and began exploring color in print during in my free time.
While painting a monotype of the outdoor Alexander Calder sculpture, Stegosaurus, where my wife and I exchanged our vows, a fellow teacher, Cliff Peacock, came in the studio and pointed out, “You know, it’s not about the color you put down. It’s about the color next to it, the color that follows.” He took my brush and replaced my true-to-life orange oil paint for the sculpture on my palette, with a purple that came alive. For the first time, I understood color could be felt, improvised, and imagined.
Life was not about matching, or about how I was supposed to see. Color, like art and much more in this buzzing universe, was subjective, an experience.