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Shadowing a Master: Hokusai

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I am a self taught printmaker.  Early on in my career, I taught myself to make prints by reverse engineering three of my favorite printmaker, Jim Pollock’s masterworks.  Recently I was commissioned to make a poster commemorating a concert I was at.  Phish played the Worcester Centrum in late November of 1998, as they would typically do post Thanksgiving.  At this particular show, the band, weaved in and out of the surf rock classic Wipeout throughout the evening.

When asked to do this print, I immediately thought of The Great Wave  by master printmaker   Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎 circa October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period.[1] He was influenced by Sesshu and other styles of Chinese painting.[2] Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景 Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei?, c. 1831) which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.- from wikipedia

Cutting in the footsteps of a legend is thrilling and scary at the same time.  But you always learn something when you look back like this.  Prints are available in my shop:

Making Sugar at the Bubbling Well Farm

To celebrate winter and warming temps, and just to get outside a bit we sugar during February and March.  By sugar, I mean we make maple syrup from the maple trees on our property. And by “we”  I mean mean and my little helper,  my 8 year old son.  He helps me tap the trees and haul the sap, with only minimal half hearted complaining.  It takes about 70 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.  After the buckets fill we boil that sap and then spend hours outside surrounded by sweet smelling maple steam.  Its almost heaven on earth.  This year I decided to make a print to go along with the syrup.  Enjoy!

Phish 12/7/97 Nutter Center (Dayton, Ohio) Linocut Poster

Some of my most favorite jobs are creating posters for concerts that did not originally have a poster available.  I was commissioned by a group of fans to create a poster for Phish’s December 7th, 1997 show at the Erwin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.  this print features that B29 Bomber i was talking about.  There are a few proofs available in my shop:

She Talks To Phish: Phish 2015 New Years Run Linocut Poster

1779050_10206739974192220_7931789012143913472_n 5 Color hand printed linoleum block print to commemorate Phish’s 4 night New year’s Run. This Print measures 12 .25 x 23.5 inches and is printed on French Speckletone paper. A variety of types of inks were used to build up a textured print. Five colors: Silver, Gold, Blue, Purple and Florescent Pink. Hand drawn, cut and printed with love. Signed and Numbered edition of 50.  Available in my shop:

Ghosts of Christmas Past…Past Season Holiday Cards

marcs-iphone-dump-12-2015-1318One of my favorite reoccurring projects is: the holiday card.  What started out several years ago as 30 or so cards to family and friends has mushroomed into several hundred cards in between person cards, cards to customers (i like to send a card to every person who has bought something from me over the year). and cards ordered it keeps me pretty busy.  Above is a sample of past cards.  This years will be out soon!