As with most artists, I have been drawing and making things since I was little. My love of the natural world developed as I roamed the fields and forests around my childhood home. These days I roam the Rocky Mountains and deserts of the West.
Most of these images are a direct result of my relationship with the landscape of Larimer County, Colorado. They have been created from photographs I have taken on my many hikes over time in the Poudre Canyon.
The images are not strictly realistic, but convey my feelings for the visual rhythms and spaces that I encounter as I hike.
Wood is part of the landscape and as a woodworker it is natural for me to use it in my art.
The process of making a woodcut is, by nature, slow. It involves many steps but each one tunes my awareness graphically.
Woodcuts have been done since the time of the ancients. A flat block of wood is carved, removing all material except the desired image. With the invention of the printing press by Johannnes Gutenberg (c1400-1468) the literature of the world began to be available to more and more people and woodcuts were used to illustrate the texts being printed. After the block is carved, ink is applied and a piece of paper is then pressed onto the block to transfer the mirror image.
. I choose to hand color my prints with watercolor and gouache. I think it adds to the handcrafted look of the piece.