The Rawlins Outlaws are based
on my friend and professor, Ryan O’Malley.
A native of Wyoming, Ryan is a member of the Outlaw Printmakers, a group
of renowned international printmakers.
My exposure to working in printmaking was minimal prior to attending
graduate school, and I had been unsure about branching out into mediums other
than paintings. However, from the first
few prints that I created, I discovered how much I enjoy printmaking. In fact, it plays a very vital role in this
exhibition considering it is how I produced the logos. As an undergrad, I had a bad experience
trying to bring art and hockey together.
Many years later, as part of a graduate group show, I reluctantly
included a hockey themed piece. The
overwhelmingly positive feedback that I received of it from Ryan has been
instrumental in helping me to find the confidence to incorporate hockey into my
artwork. The number 44 represents Wyoming, the 44th state of the United States.