I began making woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese hanga method here in Lyme, NH in 1993. Hanga is color woodblock printing with multiple blocks (one for each color) using water. Highest quality artist pigments, rice paste, and acid-free cotton rag paper are my printing materials. Brushes and a hand-held baren are my printing tools.
Here I am using my baren. Each print is hand-rubbed, often from 10 or more separate carved blocks.
My technique is inspired by the example of the ukiyo-e and shin hanga prints of Japan. I love the process of making these prints: the way pictorial simplicity is encouraged, the way an image is separated into parts and put back together, the way the translucent colors blend and juxtapose, the way the wood interacts with the paper.
My imagery is mostly from around New England: Vermont, New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine. My printmaking work is motivated by a desire to develop better visual understanding and open up eyes, yours and mine. I am fascinated by how art can change the way we see our world.