Yet another scratchboard piece. I love scratchboard—the effect achieved by this medium is similar, if not identical, to the woodcuts I love so well; Frans Masereel’s wonderful woodcut novel, Soleil, had a powerful impact on me when I first saw/read/experienced it many years ago. I also count the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer and Paul Landacre as influences. The concept for Martians came from a short story of the same title that I had published in the Fall 1997 issue of Sou’Wester, a literary magazine. I love to write fiction and poetry, even getting published, winning several writing awards and so on, but feel greater creative fulfillment painting or drawing. If you want to hang out in this particular dive for awhile, go ahead and click on the image.