HarmstonArts represents a partnership of 30 years of creativity. Though we both worked in different areas of the arts and selling to the public, today our work represents a new focus that reflects each of our sensibilities. Steve has a B.F.A. in printmaking and has spent his career working as a commercial screen printer and as a printmaker in the fine arts. Bonnie has a degree in marketing and began selling jewelry at art fairs with her aunt in the 1970s before moving into a sales career. Together, we collaborate on designs that reflect a way of sharing our experiences from travels throughout wild and rural areas. Our silkscreen prints are expressions of an attachment to this imagery with simple, hand-cut shapes, overlaying a vibrant palette of translucent and opaque colors.
The thoughts, theories and ideas about colors and sizes, along with lots of second guessing between us always seem to come together in the end. We share the responsibilities of the process of printmaking, which includes the film cutting, screen prep, substrate preparation, ink mixing, printing, cleanup, matting and framing.
While other artists may use brushes to paint their images onto canvas, Steve uses something as simple as a No. 11 X-ACTO knife. Combining color, simple shapes and the physical aspects of creating their art ... the stencil cutting, color mixing and the act of pulling ink across the screen onto the paper all work together to produce original pieces of art.
We embrace the craft of fine art printmaking, printing in short, limited editions (50 or less), and never make commercial reproductions of our work. Avoiding high-tech equipment, we stay true to processes used by past generations to bring vibrant images to life. Our work has been sold to art collectors, been used in corporate installations, and has frequently been employed as promotional subjects for cultural events. We currently travel across the country sharing our work at fine art shows and exhibitions.