Printmaking is the process of transferring ink from a matrix or through a prepared screen to a sheet of paper or other material. Common types of matrices include: metal plates, usually copper or zinc, or polymer plates for engraving or etching; stone, aluminum, or polymer for lithography; blocks of wood for woodcuts and wood engravings; and linoleum for linocuts. Screens made of silk or synthetic fabrics are used for the screenprinting process.
Printmaking is an ancient process originally used for the decoration of textiles but fully developed following the invention of paper in China c. 105 AD. Originally done with stone rubbings and woodcuts the printmaking profession evolved dramatically with the importing of papermaking from the east to the west in 15th century Europe.
My inspiration is all around me in the Vermont landscape. I enjoy the reflective time between conception, drawing, plate development, printing and painting. I always liked printmaking because there is the visual aspect, but it is also quite physical.
I am interested in the use of repetition and process in healing and nurturing our spirits in this age of instant technology and the million distractions that become our day, our week, our life. Machines have replaced many of the ways we used to have to slow down and hear our own voice. I notice in my life a yearning for space, both physical and mental and time to breathe, reflect and consider.
The first art book I ever bought was a book about tole painting from the Shelburne Museum. Since growing up in a large farming family in rural Vermont, living away for 21 and then returning, my focus is back where it began: decoration and heritage. My father was a story teller. I realize that my artwork does the same thing. I enjoyed a peaceful, nurturing childhood which was about family and work. My artwork is an appreciation of those times which are gone and those values and purposes which are not. My ancestors farmed in Vermont for nearly 200 years. I have seen the end of that family profession but not its integrity and work ethic. Haymaker prints are rural Vermont tributes cut from soft linoleum blocks. They are hand printed in layers, color by color, with water based inks on soft edged, handmade Japanese paper.
I am drawn to this craft because of its simplicity of materials and the fact that each print is an original handmade image. Inspired by the work of traditional Japanese landscape artists, my subject matter is usually derived from landscapes and nature around me.
I began making prints with Butch Limbach at Wesleyan University in 1958, and I’ve been making them in Vermont for over 30 years. My place is my subject matter. My heroes go back to the landscapists of Hellenistic Greece..
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