On Woodblock Carving
Drawing never quite worked for me. The infinite possibilities were exhausting, does the line go here, or here? Wood necessitates commitment. Once you carve it, the line will forever be there, motionless and unchanging. It requires your complete attention, no corner of the woodblock can remain unaddressed. The printing process of taking a carved block and transferring it to paper remains, even after 20 years of printmaking, delightful in its surprise. I'm never entirely sure how it's going to turn out. Woodblock prints, by their very nature, are bold and graphic, something I could never capture with pen and ink. The surety of the lines made by stainless steel tools are so different from my own shaky pencil strokes. Regardless of where the prints find themselves, I keep the sturdy blocks as reminders of the their transformation to paper and a diary of sorts of my experiences with the natural world.