Suburban St. Louis is where I reside with my husband and our two black labs. Both printmaking and oil painting are a passion and my main focus. I have been interested in all forms of artistic endeavors for as long as I can remember. While learning printmaking techniques in high school it became almost all-consuming. After attending a couple of colleges, Washington University in St. Louis is where I spent the most time and received a BFA in painting. Using the technique of monotype is truly rewarding since it combines my love of painting and printmaking. I start out with a drawing and place it under a piece of plexiglass. Then I paint the plexiglass using the drawing as my guide. Finally, a piece of dampened paper is placed over the painted surface and is run through the press. Because this process is so spontaneous I never really know what to expect. Often I am pleasantly surprised. Other times I may have to tweak the piece a bit with some watercolor washes.My approach to collagraphs is entirely different. I don’t know anyone creating collagraphs in the same way. I have been modifying my process for thirty years and continue finding new ways to do things. The process is quite involved. Here is the basic gist. Once I come up with a design I transfer that drawing to my first plate, usually illustration board. Then a collage is created within the design gluing various textures to the plate. The plate is then inked with black ink, wiped, and a dampened piece of paper is placed on the plate and it is run through the press. The next step is to create a second plate onto which I glue canvas and transfer the same design. I mix my colors and cover the entire plate by rubbing the ink into the canvas with tarlatan (tarlatan is a strong, absorbent cloth). I place the black and white on the press and carefully place (register) the color plate on top and then run that through the press. Most recently I have been printing the color twice on each print to achieve the richness in color I seek. This is more work, but is usually worth the extra time. With the print work complete, I often do a bit of hand coloring since registration is not always perfect.Over the past 15 years I have exhibited my work in numerous major cities and am included in many corporate collections. A sampling of the corporations that have purchased my work include: Allied Signal Corp., Cigna, Citicorp, Marriott Corp. and PepsiCo, Inc.I am a member of the PRINTSY TEAM (etsy printmaking group). You can read my recent interview herehttp://printsy.blogspot.com/2010/01/printsy-interview-bonnie-murray.htmlTo read more about my collagraph technique please take a look at my website - http://www.bonniemurray.com/pages/prints/collagraphs/tech.htmlFeedback from happy customers can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/people/bonniemurrayart/feedback______________________________________________________________________________________________WEBSITEwww.bonniemurray.com______________________________________________________________________________________________PAINTING BLOGhttp://bonniemurraypaintings.blogspot.com______________________________________________________________________________________________PRINTMAKING BLOGhttp://bonniemurrayprints.blogspot.com______________________________________________________________________________________________FACEBOOK FAN PAGEhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonnie-Murray-Art/95264369678______________________________________________________________________________________________ONLINE PORTFOLIOwww.flickr.com/photos/bonniemurrayart______________________________________________________________________________________________TWITTERhttp://twitter.com/bonniemurrayart
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