Size: 16"W x 23"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2017
A wolf pack stopping for a few minutes in the snow. Harsh sunlight creates strong shadows.
My vocabulary is built from life, nature and art. Primitive cultures, ancient art, the figure and four footed animals inform my work. I attempt to capture the inner spirit with arresting, contemporary graphics. I follow inspiration drawn from the German Expressionists, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirschner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff & the mid-century Americans Gustave Baumann and Elizabeth Catlett.I embrace the equality of fine art, low art, art brut, primitive art and the powerful current that inspires all artists who defy easy categorization. My work exists to infer color and light, to subtly and mysteriously catch the eye at unexpected moments. Ideally the viewer responds with calm pleasure and sees the work anew with each view. I want the work to reflect the world around it and subtly instruct the viewer.The woodcuts are hand printed using a cast iron press on solid wood. I use low VOC inks & papers of cotton or mulberry. The materials reflect the qualities I seek in my work. I carve with honed chisels driven by hand or wooden mallet. Power tools are for rough, rarely for finish. I choose this approach to keep dust and noise out and concentration in my process.