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    I'm a lifelong resident of Iowa and I like to draw stuff. And then print it.

    I went to college in the early 80s for what was then called Commercial Art. For a ten year span after that, I worked for a couple printing companies and a small design studio. In '94 I landed at my current job, working for an in-house marketing department as part of the creative services team. It's a great job and provides financial stability, but it's not always the most creatively fulfilling. So a few years ago I started spending more time working on personal pieces and exploring different media. That's when I caught on to printmaking.

    I'm a self-taught printmaker—outside of a brief introduction in high school art class. My designs are hand-printed in fairly small editions of 20–30. I enjoy the process of mixing the inks and manually transferring them onto paper—usually with a squeegee (screen prints) but sometimes it's a wooden spoon and elbow grease (linocut prints). It always fascinates me to watch a print come to life as each color is laid down. I strive for accuracy with the printing process, but if you're looking for perfection, you're in the wrong place. Most prints have the subtle imperfections you would expect from a hand-printed process. But I think that's part of the charm of handmade goods.

    The types of pieces I create are as varied as my interests and I don't really have a specific style—but there's probably some consistency that can be seen in my work. That will continue to evolve as I experiment, learn, and grow.

    If you have any questions, comments, or just want to talk about art, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to look around.

    Kris Atha