This is a relief print from a series that I have created by visiting and painting specific locations at Huntington beach’s Shipley Nature Center. At each location I create a series of pleinair paintings, large painting and charcoal drawing, pastel drawing and prints. This print was bases on the North West corner of the Nature Center where the presents of the indigenous plants and large trees gives the impression of power and history. Shipley Nature Center is dedicated to preserving the landscape as it was by only allowing indigenous plants to flourish there and though it is tended to it still helps one feel the nature of the Southern California unblemished landscape.
Woodblock cutting is a relief process, which is to say you carve into wood thus creating areas of relief that will not print when you apply ink to the surface. The result is a dramatic scene contrasted by the black ink and white of the paper. In addition there is an embossing effect that you only get with this process and not found on printing through a machine. My hope is that the tactility of the embossing and luster of the ink creates an exciting effect for the purchaser of these prints.