Lonnie Harvey


Lonnie has been creating monoprints for over thirty years. She studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After moving to the Boston area in 1990, she took classes at the DeCordova Museum School where she discovered her love for monoprints.

As a printmaker, process is important in Lonnie’s work, and she uses a variety of techniques.  Her one-of-a-kind prints contain scenes reflected by her surroundings: landscapes, still lifes, and organic forms that are simple, yet contain complexities of color, shapes, light and texture.  Patterns and shapes in nature play a big role in her work and much of her inspiration comes from walks in the woods or driving from place to place. She approaches each work as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle; each piece is considered and moved around until it finally finds a home in a pleasing and complete composition that is both visually exciting and not always predictable. She constructs each plate separately, layering image upon image, running the plate through the press several times until the result is cohesive and satisfying.  This kind of experimentation allows each print to develop individually in a unique way, each speaking a language all its own.  This is the joy of the monoprint, and of printmaking itself.