I am an artist who finds inspiration in the natural world, and one of my favorite places to have visited was the Kanazawa Garden in Japan, specifically the Kenroku-En. This stunning garden, once the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle, features enormous Black Pine trees that have been meticulously manicured for centuries. The name Kenrokuen, meaning “Garden of the Six Sublimities,” refers to the six essential attributes of a perfect garden in Japanese aesthetic: spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water, and broad views.
My latest print is my attempt to capture the beauty and tranquility of this extraordinary garden. I wanted to convey a sense of peace to the viewer and reflect the garden’s aesthetic qualities. As an artist, I believe it is my responsibility to share the beauty of the world around us and inspire others to appreciate and protect it.
This is an unique one of a kind hand painted ‘Monoprint’. During the etching process explained below, some of the prints are selected out the be monoprints. You are assured to get a unique work of art.
To create this print, I covered the plate with ink and then removed the surface ink, leaving the ink in the etched areas, using the intaglio process. This technique allowed me to create intricate lines, unique textures, and an aged look that added depth and character to the final print.
Currently, I have ten different prints of trees, each with its own unique story to tell. My hope is that when people see these prints, they can feel the spirit of the tree and the joy that Bonsai brings to life, as it truly is a living art.