Spring 2021 ArtWalk Cover Art
A Hand Painted Relief Block
This custom hand-carved relief block is the eight in my ongoing series of Cloud woodblocks.
After carving a piece of wood, the surface is inked and printed on artist quality paper. Once the printing of a limited edition series is done the actual woodblock is primed, painted and turned into a hanging piece of art. The result of this process creates highly textural two-dimensional work that floats on your wall.
The Cloud woodblock series began in early 2019, when I felt inspired to capture the limitless things you can find in the sky.
Since weathering the unimaginable year 2020 and onwards, these Cloud Blocks have taken on a whole new meaning. The feeling of being adrift from each other, and our regular flow of life, is a widely shared sentiment. What better way to symbolize this, than individual clouds overhead. The clouds are visible, seem so close, even closer on a dim foggy morning, yet when we reach for them, nothing is there. Everything our lives use to be is out of grasp, to be viewed only from afar like the clouds floating by.
Though much of our regular world is unobtainable right now, the images in my clouds represent a portion of life that is still available to us. Birds, nature, dreams, and wind still continue despite our lack of plans. And if we are lucky enough we can still sit back and enjoy those things drifting by from afar.
This particular Cloud block is titled "Fluttering" and features colorful quilts hanging on a clothes line, drifting lazily in the breeze. Much of the last year has been spent in our back yards, and this scene of fluttering quilts is symbolic of that time. Quilts in particular hold a special place in my life. Every quilt in my house was made by my mother, so no matter the distance, I always feel close to her creativeness.