Joan Gitlow | Guardians, 12 x 19 Joan Gitlow | Darkend Lanterns, 7 3/4 x 14



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RISD BFA in Painting, MAEd Hartford Art School. Many years as arts educator, K through grad. school.

The printmaking process allows me to apply a lifetime of experience in drawing and painting in a new way. There is always an edge of surprise in printmaking, the surprises become discoveries and stimulate new images and ideas. I am captivated by this element of unpredictability inherent in the monotype process; this keeps my work evolving and thus it stays alive for me. Although I was trained as a painter, the process of transferring an image from one surface to another has presented me with unlimited possibilities to explore. My work includes straight monotypes, monotypes with collage additions and some made entirely of collaged monotype pieces.

Although my images are derived from things I’ve seen, they are not directly representational. Rather, they are distilled from impressions and memories. They are built from profound impressions of the look of a place, the sounds and spirit of a place---a combination of visual and intuitive insights.