A Biographical Note

Paula Panich has been at work printing monotypes for nine years. In 2014, she bought her own Takach press, and then everything changed. Please see her essay, "What the Ink Knows," on this site.

She is also a writer, whose work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Gastronomica, the Harvard Review, Alimentum, the North American Review, Reed Magazine, Site/Lines, and other publications. An essay about M.F.K. Fisher is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review. Her most recent book is Cultivating Words (Tryphon Press, 2005). More of her writing can be found on www.theliterarygardner.com. 

She writes from a one-hundred-square-foot cottage behind her Larchmont Village house in Los Angeles, where she also gardens and prints in her backyard studio, a former garage. Please read the essays on this site for information about monotype and her thoughts about this joyful art form.

In third grade, her abstract crayon drawing was snatched up by the school principal and exhibited on the narrow wall outside his office door. The color orange played an important role. That was it, exhibition-wise, for more than a half-century until December 2015 when her one-woman show, "What the Ink Knows," went up at coffee+food, 5630 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. It was there until May1, 2016.

That ancient drawing, alas, disappeared long ago. But it was abstract, and is still in her heart. 

Her work is found in private collections in Amherst, Mass.,Tucson, Ariz., Los Angeles, Oakland, and in Austin, Tex. 

She sends thanks and love to the following people who have aided and abetted of her love affair with monotype: Bill Linsman, Ilana Panich-Linsman, Jenny Silver, Liz Chalfin, Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, Mass.,; Laurel Garver, Cathi Conn, Gary Paller, Ray Sundin, Alla Kazovsky; Camilla Taylor and John Greco, of the Josephine Press in Los Angeles. Special thanks too to N.J. Weaver and the Women Printmakers of Austin.