Protest/March posters available for download(free) and for purchase.

I created three posters from my Maya, Alice and Shirley portraits to be used for various protests, marches, or general inspiration.  All posters are free to save/print below (no commercial use without permission).

Click on one of the posters below, click on it again, then right click on the final enlarged image, and select “save image as”, then save it to your desktop or phone. The poster should look sharp up to 18″ x 24″. 

If you would like to buy an 18″ x 24″ professionally printed digital poster or t-shirt, please visit my STORE.

Maya Angelou poster       Alice Paul poster       Shirley Chisholm poster

March Posters

*You can make a mounted march or protest poster for under $5. A lot of places (including chain copy stores) print Color Engineering Blueprints for around $2.  They aren’t the sharpest prints, but they do the job.  Buy some foam board and spray adhesive from the dollar store, and you are ready to go.  


Where it started.

All of the art that I’ve been making for the last 9 years started with this portrait of President Barack Obama. I am going to miss him and his family more than I will ever be able to fully express. This article was published January 17th, 2009.



I just finished up 10 new 11″ x 14″ portraits!

Harriet Tubman is done!

I finished the first piece in my “historical women” series.  It took a year, from start to finish. The biggest issue was figuring out how to present the prints.  I ended up gluing the prints onto panels, painting on them, and finishing them with a satin varnish.  Next up, Alice Paul. I plan to start on that cut sometime before the end of the year.



Harriet Tubman, process photographs

I have finished printing my Harriet Tubman piece and have stretched the print onto canvas.  I’ll be painting and putting varnish on this piece over the next couple of weeks.

View of print on canvas, ready for paint. 30" x 80"
View of print on canvas, ready for paint. 30″ x 80″
View of print on canvas, ready for paint. 30" x 80"
View of print on canvas, ready for paint. 30″ x 80″

Harriet Tubman block is done!


The first block in my new series of historical women is done.  I will be printing this in the next couple of weeks.  The images in this series are large (6 feet or taller) and will be finished like a painting (stretched on canvas/painted on).  The edition size will be no more than 4.  The next piece will be of Alice Paul.

Free Radicals: Remixing History Through the Power of Print

I am really excited to have a selection of my U.S. President prints included in this show at the University of Minnesota. It’s an honor to have my work hanging alongside some of my art heroes. The exhibition runs February 23 – March 26, 2016, Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Free Radicals Reception

ABOVE IMAGE by Enrique Chagoya

This exhibition considers the power of associative thinking and historical mash-ups in print media. Artists in the exhibition discuss revolution and employ metaphor in sampling and in the free combination of history and politics. Exhibition runs February 23 – March 26, 2016. For more info visit:
Program | 7:00 pm with Jenny Schmid & Tonja Torgerson
Reception | 8:00 – 10:00pm

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st and 19th Avenue South ramps, and the 5th Street South lot; hourly or event rates apply. These parking locations and the Regis Center for Art are wheelchair-accessible. Exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

Gigantic Exquisite Corpse Series Coming Soon!


This past July, I spent two weeks in New Orleans exploring the city and drawing the first image in a new series of work.  The prints in this series are going to be large, actual human size or bigger, and I am hoping to draw lots and lots of women!  I should be cutting and printing these blocks soon, so stay tuned.

The prints are getting their very own frames.

After years of thinking about making frames for my prints, I have finally succeeded!  Each frame has it’s own carving in the lower right hand corner…for instance, all the president prints get numbers (order number of their presidency) and the portraits will have their names carved on the bottom.  The first framed print (George Washington) is for sale, more to come soon.


Santa Lives In China

I came across these photos by artist Michael Wolf a few weeks ago. The installation of the photos was as provocative as the images themselves. Click on the image below for the full collection of photos from the Chinese toy factory. Go to the post on the Facebook page to share your thoughts regarding Wolf’s work.

Artist's website:

Go to Michael Wolf’ Photography for more information and to contact the artist.

My prints are now for sale on Cureeo!

I’m excited to announce that my prints are now for sale on, a wonderful new online gallery.




Here’s a little blurb about Cureeo on

And an article in The Atlantic about CureeoCan There Be An Etsy for Fine Art?  By Sarah Rich

From left to right: Katie Dombrowski, Maida Swenson-Fortune, and Pepper Coate.

It’s not so common to find female founders at start-up accelerators. The numbers are increasing, and there are some accelerators dedicated entirely to supporting women entrepreneurs, but still, it’s a relatively rare sight. But when we walked into Excelerate Labs, we found a new company called Cureeo bucking the start-up stereotype.

CEO Maida Swenson-Fortune was seated with her partners Stephanie (‘Pepper’) Coate and Katie Dombrowski, working on a new marketplace for art-buyers. Cureeo aims to eliminate some of the drudgery of sales from the artist’s workload, and some of the tedium of hunting from the collector’s life.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

Elizabeth Catlett, 1915-2012

One of my favorites and a consistent inspiration. The following article was posted at printeresting, and written by Brent Bond.

A guest post by Brent Bond. All links added by editor.

A strong voice and a long life, both were well served by Elizabeth Catlett who at the age of 96 recently passed away in her sleep at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Though primarily known as a sculpture, her output of graphic works would make any printmaker proud. She utilized the medium as yet another vehicle for her powerful visual messages of racial, gender, and social equality. While awarded a scholarship to Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, the university disallowed her attendance upon discovering she was black. She went on to graduate cum laude from Howard in 1936. Coincidentally she was the first person to receive an MFA in sculpture from the University of Iowa in 1940. Helping to solidify her reputation in our world of printmaking, in 1946 she accepted a fellowship to Mexico City’s famed Taller de Gráfica Popular, where she worked hand in hand with so many art world heavy hitters with the same passion and conviction. She said, “I learned how you use your art for the service of people, struggling people, to whom only realism is meaningful.” FULL ARTICLE

James Rosenquist’s F-111 at MoMA

One of my favorites.






Rosenquist began the painting F-111 in 1964, in the middle of the Vietnam War. He positioned his main subject, the F-111 military plane, which was in development at the time, flying through fragmented images of consumer products and references to war. Through its expansive network of colliding visual motifs, F-111 addresses the connections between the Vietnam War, income taxes, consumerism, and advertising.


Tony Fitzpatrick on the evils of snowmen

Continuing with the theme of the last post, here’s a hilarious story about snowmen by Tony Fitzpatrick, accompanied by one of his beautiful etchings.

The Chicago Snowman

In addition to mimes, insurance guys, clowns, Jehovah’s Witnesses and nuns, snowmen are among the creepiest of entities, especially in Chicago.  By the time the sun  starts them on  their slow, shape-shifting erosion, they’ve been pissed on copiously by dogs, drunks and homeless dudes.  Invariably someone tries to piss their name into Frosty while circling, and falls on his ass because, there it is: three and-a-half feet away. . .the ass-print.  FULL STORY


Jill Waterman’s New Year’s Eve Project

On December 31, 1983 Jill Waterman began a long term project to photograph New Year’s celebrations in cities around the world. For more than 25 years her documentation has spanned many countries, cultures and events: from waiting for midnight in Paris; to religious observances on the beach in Brazil; to the Millennium celebration in Bethlehem; to this image of fireworks over Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle from 1999.  Shooting from an adjacent window that offered a panoramic view, Jill made this image within seconds of the firework’s first burst, before the scene became polluted by smoke accumulating in the air over time.  MORE PHOTOS at Jill Waterman’s website.


PRINTS FOR PICA this Saturday, December 17th.

Over a hundred artists will be busting out monoprints for Prints for PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) this Saturday.  All the prints will be for sale, proceeds help support PICA.


SALE TIME/PUBLIC WELCOME from 6-9pm at LUX, 500 NW 14th Ave., Portland Oregon 97209.

Over 100 local artists will spend the day pulling fresh monoprints from the presses at PICA’s temporary printmaking studio. This year, we introduce new sizes and prices to the evening sale—prints are available for $50 – $250, and all proceeds benefit PICA’s artistic programs. Snag a one-of-a-kind artwork from a local legend or fall in love with a piece by a bright new talent.

Here’s the Wired article (by Shahan Mufti) about  Fascinating stuff.

Photo: Eric Ogden

Sebastian Cwilich (left) and Carter Cleveland (here at a gallery called Haunch of Venison) have constructed an art “genome.”
Photo: Eric Ogden

On a balmy summer day in Manhattan, the founder of a web startup called was about to experience what one might call an Alexander Graham Bell moment. The firm’s 25-year-old CEO, Carter Cleveland, was sitting on a sofa with his MacBook, scrolling through photos of fine art, when his lanky head of engineering walked in looking positively wobbly with excitement. “This is actually quite cool,” he said, landing on the sofa next to his boss. The engineer, Daniel Doubrovkine, produced a phone and pointed its camera at Cleveland’s computer screen, which at that moment showed an image from Andy Warhol’s Flowers series.  FULL ARTICLE

A Return to the Artisan in the Art World

Good essay by Alice Pfeiffer in the New York Times Art Section.

PARIS — “Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons; there is nothing more depressing for a young artist,” said Bianca Argimon, a student at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris who favors traditional techniques when working with ceramics, engravings and pyrography over what she views as ultraconceptual, increasingly dematerialized art. “Most of us can’t afford — nor approve of — having an entire factory of workers.”

‘‘Down on the Aisle II,’’ a piece by Laura Keeble.


Artisanal techniques, once deemed the opposite of cool, are making their way back into art fairs and galleries, particularly in Europe. Dedicated spaces and university programs are contributing to the renewed recognition of these trades — albeit with modern twists and messages — while also providing young artists with marketable skills. As a result, the line between gallerists and craftsmen, once so clearly delineated, is increasingly being blurred. FULL ARTICLE



PRINTS GONE WILD at Cannonball Press

I recently did two woodcuts for Cannonball Press in Brooklyn.  On November 4th, they did their annual PRINTS GONE WILD event where they sell prints for $50 or less from a “extraordinary menagerie” of artists.  You can buy my two prints from their website, or check out their site for the next event.

John Brown woodcut for Cannonball Press


Charles Darwin print for Cannonball Press


The Cleo and Carla Thomas Collection: Selected Works

Recently there was a showing of the Cleo and Carla Thomas Collection at the Ferguson Student Center at the University of Alabama.  There were over 60 selected works from the Thomas Collection, including George and Barbara Bush, 1946 and several prints from the Lincoln Exchange Portfolio.  The exhibit was curated by Stacy Morgan, American Studies Professor, University of Alabama.

Cleo and Carla Thomas Collection: Selected Works
Ferguson Student Center, University of Alabama


Thomas Collection: Selected Works

Ann Calvello Painting

I did this painting for a Roller Derby Show in Minneapolis last winter.

Ann Theresa Calvello (August 1, 1929 – March 14, 2006) was a U.S. athlete and notable personality in the sport of roller derby.


My Barack Obama print in the L.A. Times

A lino cut of Barack Obama by Valerie Wallace hangs in Guillermo Maciel’s dining room. (Courtesy of Guillermo A. Maciel)

For Guillermo Maciel, the Obama image is a 24-by-32-inch linocut that he purchased from an artist at a fundraiser last summer. (The artist sold it to him at a discount after learning that Maciel was working as a field organizer for Obama.) Maciel loves the linocut because it depicts Obama as a regular guy — wrinkles on his brow and around his eyes, a little tie at his throat.

“It’s like, when you go to an old United Farm Worker’s house and they have a picture of [Cesar] Chavez with candles around it, or an old civil rights activist’s house and they have Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, or an old Catholic family with JFK,” said Maciel, who lives in Portland, Ore. “I was joking with my wife, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we had an Obama shrine?’ ”

They fell in love with the linocut because they felt it normalizes the man rather than deifies him. They decided to hang it in their dining room, among photos taken by his wife’s uncle, a photographer for National Geographic. Does it feel weird to have Obama on their wall?

“I don’t think of him as my friend or part of my family, but I think of every other person I met on the campaign,” Maciel said. “And some day my kids will look at it and they’ll say, ‘Who is that?’ And I’ll be like, ‘That was then-Sen. Barack Obama, now the president, who I helped elect.’ ”  FULL  ARTICLE

deborah.netburn@latimes .com