The Artist and a Japanese Woodblock Print
Nature inspired woodblock prints for those who value elegant design, the warmth of the handmade, and the restorative power of art.
Thank you so much for your interest in my work. There is never a time where I don’t look forward to being in my studio – where it is quiet, where I can concentrate without distraction, and where I am able to create in a spirit of contemplative calm. Making art is a meditative practice for me and is something that I simply must do in order to feel true to myself. I am probably not alone when I say that the process of making is as valuable as the end result – and I am always happy to share information about my process!
I specialize in the rare Japanese tradition known as mokuhanga. Japan’s great love of nature and Zen-like aesthetics led me there to learn this timeless process from renowned Japanese printmaker, Yoshisuke Funasaka in 1998. Japanese woodblock printmaking embodies the perfect blend of design, craft, and expression for me. I enjoy working with my hands and with the materials of wood, paper, and watercolor inks that are unique to the Japanese technique. You can learn how to make these too at one of my upcoming workshops – check my out my events and classes page to learn more about course offerings.
I believe in the creative spirit above everything else. This belief has allowed me to take risks and to learn new things. After dedicating 13 years to the Japanese woodblock printmaking process, I took a break from printmaking to learn something entirely new. From 2011 to 2014, I made my first documentary film, BECOMING MADE, about woodblock prints and the creative process. (To learn more about the film, please click here.) Now, I am making prints with renewed insight and a fresh approach.
Are you interested in the creative process or learning more about how woodblock prints are made? Perhaps you seek to own one of my elegant and finely crafted original prints. Whatever the case, I will be happy to hear from you. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram – and watch my woodblock prints become made in real time.
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Thanks again for your interest in my work!
Exhibitions of Woodblock Prints
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* Original Woodblock Prints * Guest Lecturer and Instructor * Documentary Film * Greeting Cards *
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