Since 1985 I have worked as an epigraphic artist
for the University of Chicago’s Oriental
Institute/Epigraphic Survey in Luxor, Egypt.
“Chicago House” began in 1924 and
is committed to both conserving and documenting
the ancient monuments under its concession.
The drawing process begins at the temple wall,
penciling over the hieroglyphs and figures on
a large-format black and white photograph of
the scene. The pencil lines are inked with technical
pens either in my studio in Luxor or my studio
in Vermont. The completed photo/drawing is bleached,
(leaving the ink drawing on the white photo
paper), then blueprinted, checked and double-checked
by Egyptologists. Changes can be made to the
lines by trimming away ink with a scalpel blade.
In essence, by copying the essential and eliminating
the unnecessary, I create a drawn facsimile
of the scene.
Publications with translations of the work
are made for documentation and research purposes.