Henry Ferreira received his MFA from RISD in printmaking in 1980 and returned the following year to teach; he is now associate professor and head of the Printmaking department. In addition to teaching at RISD, he worked briefly as an illustrator for Raytheon Corp. in Newport, RI and has taught in Pont Avon, France; San Miguel and Cuernavaca, Mexico; and at RISD’s Cenci intaglio studio in Rome, Italy. Ferreira’s work is built on a deep respect for craft. He uses skills acquired through years of practice to explore and execute content-driven pieces. His recent work begins with observation but grows from process, making it more direct and less predetermined. He compares the iterative nature of his process to the way a child builds with blocks. His work is included in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad.