Woodblock print seems to have qualities that cannot be expressed with a brush. This could be due to the intermediacy and removal created by the process of transferring engraved shapes and colors onto paper,which nevertheless depends on the hand.
Designs sometimes found on Japanese kimonos and in anime have fantastical compositions, possibly alluding to a Japanese imagination or to utopic longings. For me, using the motifs of these kimonos and anime that are retraced from memory, and to portray Oregon by engraving basswood and coloring, are ways to both understand my presence in Oregon and to discover the merging of Eastern and Western cultures. America, to me long ago, of course felt very surreal and as if out of a fable.
To see these works in the flesh, please join us in the gallery, opening night for our New Artists Show.