I am an artist who grew up in the Canadian west in a city called Calgary, Alberta (most famous for the Calgary Stampede, and now a city of over a million people). My art has certainly been informed by living in the west: wide open spaces and the inspiration of being very close to nature.
Several years ago, my family moved about a hour west of Calgary to Canmore – right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We are blessed to be in this awe-inspiring environment, and in a place that is full of artists and creative talent.
While my art journey has been long and winding – exploring many mediums including drawing, painting, watercolor, collage and wood carving – when I picked up my carving tools and applied them to carving my first relief print, I somehow knew I was home.
From a very young age I have been interested in printmaking, although I didn’t always know that’s what it was called. The first time I picked up a book illustrated by British artist John Tenniel, I was hooked. Maybe you know it? “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is a magical book, not only for the story, but for those wonderful wood engraving illustrations.
Although printmaking is a broad field – from etching, wood engraving, monoprinting, and more – my art practice is done primarily using relief printmaking. Simply put, I carve artwork into a flat block, then ink the artwork with a roller, lay paper over the art, rub gently and transfer the artwork image onto the paper.
It’s an ancient art form that dates back many hundreds of years when woodcuts were created to make illustrations for some of the earliest books. I love practicing this art form particularly because of its ancient and traditional processes.
My artwork is created in my Canmore, Alberta studio located in the heart of the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains. All of my artwork is printed by hand (without a printing press) and I make a small number of prints from one original (I like to call them “multiple originals”). My limited edition print runs are typically 30 prints or less, and all are numbered and hand-signed.
For more information about my limited edition prints and how they are made, you may want to start on this blog about why my hand-printed art prints are not your “typical print”.
If you are interested in seeing me in my studio, you can also check out the printmaking videos on my YouTube channel.
I love the creative process, and especially sharing it with others. It is my hope that you will read this blog and learn something new, find inspiration here and sometimes just giggle with me about the weird and wonderful creative process. Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you! And, thanks for dropping by.