Early in life I found that drawing was my voice.
I get a chuckle out of "are you a trained artist?" - I'm not. A picture of a seal or elephant painting comes to mind,
I did attend a couple of fine art colleges and I did complete degrees at them. However, as any artist will tell you, it is in the living and doing that our craft grows. So I'm forever the student, forever the teacher, forever new and forever old.
Words: I enjoy drawing on practically any surface with pretty much any material. When I paint I'm also drawing and sculpture is just a three dimensional drawing. Although a drawing allows more surface on which to say something. The story is the most important part of my drawings.
Subjects: Usually organic. Animals fascinate me. The human body and nature. Sometimes I'm trying to convey an idea, feeling, sentiment or concern. In a "Cult Without a God", I wanted the plate to contain just the one leopard. the second plate, printed first, is the man plate. Layering them isolates the images onto two planes and make the cat both special and unattainable.
I can and do cut the plates into any shape, combine them and counter them this against the traditional techniques. I am always trying to find another way to say something about the subjects that interest me. So there are re-occurring themes.