"Shocking" is a mixed media work on paper that I enjoy so much during October, fright month for me. For the past several years I have set up my own film festival at home during which I enjoy thrillers (especially the psychological ones), mysteries and a few flicks of the horror genre. I am certainly old enough to recall films wound on large disks and stored in metal canisters...the kind we watched in school that would inevitably break, spin around incontrollably and cause interruptions in the story, chaos in the classroom and anxiety on the part of the instructor. Those little sprocket holes on the edges of the film were the inspiration for this border design which was carved on a linoleum plate and printed onto the paper. I shot photos of some family members and friends and had ever-so-much-fun arranging and drawing them on the paper. One of my favorites is Cheryl, on the very bottom. She was at that time our town postmistress. I am in the upper right with hands completely covering my eyes. Too frightening to look. Shocking. Such fun.