I will be showing a body of work about the abundance and scarcity of water. These are woodcuts inspired by places where water is in a state of change, or flux, such as creeks, falls, and ocean. Movement and change are layered throughout these woodcut prints and I use color to retain memory of the watery places. Woodcuts printed in white or black represent the scarcity, the waste, or “ghostliness” of lost waters. Other woodcuts have hot colors in abstract landscapes reflecting a climatic change taking place.
For two weeks in September I was at Anderson Ranch Art Center (Snowmass Village, CO) taking Jean Gumpper’s wonderfully intensive woodcut and monoprint workshop, “Structure and Improvisation”.
Here you see my work station with prints in process, my final wall of selected prints, and the stunning display of fall color happening all around us in those two weeks of September. You can check out their amazing offerings for artists at http://www.andersonranch.org. See Jean Gumpper’s work at http://www.jeangumpper.com
Studio work table
Final print selection
Fall in Snowmass Village, CO
You can view my recent work in Solvang, CA at the Wildling Museum through Monday, October 5th. Many of the woodblock prints are done using the Japanese mokuhanga technique. My inspiration comes from the landscape, flora, and fauna of the high desert of New Mexico and the coastal area of Santa Barbara where I live.
All of the prints are available for sale through the museum or by contacting me directly after October 5th.
Wildling Museum: 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 Mon., Wed. -Fri. 11-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-5, Closed Tues. More information at http://www.wildlingmuseum.org
I will be showing my latest woodcuts at the Architectural Foundation Gallery of Santa Barbara which will open Friday Sept. 5th and run until Friday October 10th.
Sara Norquay’s beautiful woodcuts will share the space with mine. Eight of our woodcuts are a result of a call and response series we did on the theme of change in nature. Our woodcuts show the elements of air, water, earth, and fire, and places in nature where we observe seasonal changes.
This new series explores the idea of nature in flux and the impermanence of all things. I’m intrigued by how rocks, trees, and rivers appear static and timeless, but in fact are changing in front of me. Standing in a meadow, hearing flowing water, running my hands over a weather-sculpted rock is grounding, but change is happening. In the larger world outside of my meadow, change on a global scale continues. As I carve the wood for these prints, I am attempting to record a moment of time in that place.