My woodblock prints are made primarily with cottonwood, a tree that grows prolifically in Jackson Hole. I am interested in finding ways to incorporate this material in my work since it is often regarded as useless and burned or thrown away. The prints themselves reflect the difficulty of working with cottonwood: its dense, close grain requires a long process of preparation before a good print can be made. I am embracing that challenge by printing onto strong fields of color and sometimes drawing directly on top of the prints afterwards, creating mixed media works that are wholly unique.
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