The Linocut Process
All my prints start with photographs taken while I am out on a drive, walk or hike. When back in the Studio, the pictures are cropped and edited removing any unwanted distractions. Sketches are then drawn and transferred in reverse onto a linoleum block using carbon paper. Each linoleum block is then hand carved using a gouge (a carving knife) to reveal high points. I then roll a thin layer of oil-based ink on the high points of the block. A sheet of recycled watercolor paper is then placed over the linoleum block and with a baren, (a circular hand tool with a smooth, flat face and a handle) I gently rub the back of the paper in a circular motion transferring the ink to the underside of the paper. Once the ink has dried, each relief print is hand colored with artist grade watercolor paint, making each one an original piece of art.
The PEC Series
The first six linocut prints of the series feature weathered barns from around the County. They were inspired by a vacation at Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. It was mid-September, harvest season, when all the fields and pastures were decorated with the most beautiful shades of soft greens, gold, ochres and various shades of earth colors. I knew this had to be the color palette for the barn series.