Gonzales is a professor of art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and has been there for about eight years.
And when he was enrolled in Coastal Bend College, he was one of the last students to take the printmaking class – it was soon taken off the schedule.
But it had a lasting impression.
“It’s a process that’s very technique-oriented but also process based, and I always enjoyed the idea of multiples.
“And I think that’s what, I found out over the years, has drawn me to it.”
Gonzales hung out all day at the college, showing students techniques and allowing them to ask questions as they all carved various designs and made prints themselves.
And in his own work, he’s embraced technology which allows him to make some pretty impressive prints.
But it’s his love for various other mediums that makes his work unique.
“Aside from printmaking, I study painting as well. That was my double in graduate school.
“So, the work isn’t straight print anymore; it’s become a lot of mixed media.
“It’s drawing, painting and printmaking all mixed into one because I found it so difficult to isolate each of those and not be such a purest and stay in just one process.
“The work has evolved in a way that I balance all three of those together.”
And that balancing act is surely paying off as seen in his art.
You can check out Gonzales’ work at www.mjgart.com.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.