Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Committee Chair

Whitesell, John D.

Author's Keywords

Fable; Fine arts; Fairy tale; Dry-point prints; MA thesis; Watercolor


Fables; Prints


The thesis project is projected to be a grand storybook of handmade intaglio prints in a large format. I have created an original fable telling the story of a flawed hero who must face his fears in order to not only save his love and her empire from an evil warlock but to save himself. Through these hand painted prints, the story of The Sea Empress’s Garden is told and the choices these characters must make and experience the consequences. The work is motivated by the inspiration I draw from German Expressionism, illuminated manuscripts, popular culture, and literature both modern and old. It is a combination of trying to capture what it was like when I was a child and influenced from my years of personal experience. I feel there is a certain childlike playfulness and fearfulness in each of my pieces that may hide something good or something sinister in nature.