Welcome and thanks for visiting! Please have a look around to find pictures of my artwork, a history of the process, and my documentary film, note cards and blog – all featuring my woodblock prints made in the time-honored traditions of 17th century Japan.
Working in the materials of wood, water based inks, and Japanese handmade paper is very enjoyable. It has opened new paths for me to connect with the natural world, and with cultures different from my own. I am honored to have learned these methods, become proficient at it, and to ultimately share my interpretations with folks like you.
People have said they connect to my woodblock prints because of the mood it emotes, the places it represents, or because of the colors. Whatever has drawn you here, I’m glad that you came. Please make yourself at home and let me know if you need anything. Thanks again for stopping by!
Mary Brodbeck loves life. Whether it’s travel and the out-of-doors, spending time with friends and family, working in the art and design field, or serving students and customers . . . she’s all in.
Originally trained in industrial design, she picked up a wood carving tool in her early thirties and the rest was destiny. She studied Japanese woodblock printmaking with Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo in 1998. Now, and for nearly 25 years, she relishes developing contemporary American imagery in this historic East Asian technique.
The Great Lakes watershed region, where she was born and still lives (Michigan), is where she finds most of her inspiration. Additional influential places, from her residencies and other voyages, are from Japan and the coast of Oregon. Her work may be found in the museum collections at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Muskegon Museum of Art, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and others. CV
Mary continues to enjoy making woodblock prints inspired by her experiences outside, yet nothing make her happier than to have her work bring pleasure to others.
* Original Woodblock Prints * Guest Lecturer and Instructor * Documentary Film * Note Cards *
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