River Otter
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lithograph, 15” x 38”, 1993

I am fortunate enough to see otters like this proud fellow almost daily, scouting along the edge of the cliff at the water's edge in front of our island home, pausing now and then to sniff the air with all the confidence of the lord of the estate.

One of the reasons I enjoy original printmaking is the broad range of tone and texture the process allows; I am often reminded of the old masters, particularly the rich and luminous etchings of Rembrandt. The big, dark shape slice across River Otter echoes the abrupt movement of otter themselves -- a kind of a sleek and rhythmic whipcrack.