With intense enthusiasm, Chris laid out a plan to establish a press, complete with a press philosophy and a business name. I was overwhelmed trying to keep up with understanding his passionate proposal. It was a bit frightening given our tenuous situation. We had not yet found jobs back in New Hampshire. He was inventing the business and had a vision of its practical application, "To express reverence for our public lands, landmarks and events." With a great flourish he said, "We'll call it the Oculus Press!"
We both embraced this project. Although it was a departure from the subject matter of our intense graduate school study and our thesis work, there was something true in the subject matter for both of us. I would be shifting back from abstract expressionist portraits and mask-like images, to my first love landscape. This was comforting to me. I looked forward to shifting from painting to etching as my full time medium.
Flying by the seat of our pants on this theoretical venture, we planned our serious and self-sustaining art business, and hauled our etching press to New Hampshire.