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ORIGINAL LIMITED EDITION BLOCK PRINTS

This series of block prints began in May 2004, partially in response to being selected as the featured artist for Amphora, Number 135, the journal of the Alcuin Society, and partly just because I wanted to. I consider many of my pen and ink drawings to be one step short of being a block print, as the images have already been selected, focussed, filtered, and presented as simply as a block print would be. Some drawings are intended to be used as the template for a block print. I just hadn't previously taken the time to start cutting them.

I enjoy the quiet workmanship involved in cutting a block, and the mental rigour necessary to decide what to cut and what to leave - all of it in the negative, and hopefully mirrored before starting to cut the block. Making the prints is another enjoyable physical process, one that connects me to centuries of printmakers, with its slow repetitive pace of rolling out the ink, placing the paper on the block, pressing the print, peeling it off the block to see the results, placing it to dry, then re-inking the block for the next print.



BETWEEN TIDES (May 2017)



SKOOKUMCHUCK (June 2009)



RUDBECKIA (September 2007)



COAST RANGE 1 (August 2007)



WRECK (August 2007)



EAGLE'S EYE (February 2006)



BASKING (January 2006)



SOUTH SHORE (December 2005)



HIGHER RISES (November 2005)



LOOKING AWAY (November 2005)



RUN (April 2005)



BURRARD BRIDGE (birds, rain) (April 2005)



SNOW ON ELMS (January 2005)



WAITING (October 2004)



PRICKLY (September 2004)



SHUCKING SHED (August 2004)



LAWN BOWLERS (July 2004)



OTTERS ON SAVARY DOCK (July 2004)



LIONS GATE (May 2004)



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