“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.” -Leo Tolstoy
I love the springtime when buds are bursting forth. I am also fascinated by autumn when leaves drop to the ground in contorted forms. These seasonal changes remind me of the cycles of nature and the march of time. My artwork captures these moments by focusing on the beauty and complexity of plants. I think of these artworks as Memento Mori – reminders of the fleeting nature of existence. Seed pods, blooming flowers, and broken branches serve as my inspiration. Such objects remind us that the world is fleeting and it should be enjoyed before it passes away.
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Walnut no. I. chiaroscuro woodcut. 2016. 5″ x 4″
Fallen Leaf no. III. woodcut. 2017. 8″ x 10″
Fallen Leaf no. IV. $99 – available through http://www.bigink.org
2017 Woodcut carved by Ryan Horvath and printed by Lyell Castonguay, co-director of Big Ink. Printed on acid-free Strathmore printmaking paper. Edition of 95 prints available through the Big Ink Affordable Editions program: http://www.bigink.org
17″ x 23″ image size (18″ x 24″ paper size, prints are unframed) Awarded Third Prize in DECOMPOSITION at the Heron Marsh Gallery of Paul Smith’s College VIC in Paul Smiths, NY.
Limb, Sycamore chiaroscuro woodcut. 2015. 10″ x 7″
Cicada no. I. wood engraving. 2015. 2″ x 3″
Mushroom no. I. reductive woodcut, 2017, 6 color runs printed on archival, handmade Kitakata gampi paper. Edition of 12 prints available. 6″ x 4″ image size (8″ x 11″ paper size, prints are unframed)
Fallen Leaf no. II. woodcut. 2016. 10″ x 8″
Bird Skull. copperplate engraving. 2018. 1″ x 2″
Fallen Leaf no. VI. copperplate engraving. 2018. 3″ diameter
Fallen Seeds chiaroscuro woodcut, 2016, 8″ x 6″
Fallen Leaf no. V. reductive woodcut. 2018
Bird Skull variation no. I. engraving and aquatint. 2018. 1″ x 2″
Cicada no. II. wood engraving. 2019. 6″ x 4″
Fallen Leaf no. VII. lithograph. 6″ x 4″. 2019
Walnut no. VI. lithograph. 6″ x 4″. 2019