Featured Artist: Betsy Bowen

Featured Artist: Betsy Bowen

                                          Betsy Bowen

 

Printmaking -   www.woodcut.com
My first woodcut was 1970, a primitive looking black and white family portrait on a piece of scrap oak, hard as a ... hardwood.  I wasn't much of a painter then, but liked to draw, and the vigor of the wood carving and the hand printing was appealing.  I realized later that the connection to the letterpress printshop from my high school newspaper days made sense to me. 
 
Cutting an image into the wood is a commitment; it's hard to go back.  The direct and bold look of woodcuts, is, I think, partly a result of the way they are made.  It is a bold act to cut for hours with sharp tools, a backwards picture, onto a slab of wood and believe it will be pleasing, or meaningful, when it is printed.

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For an explanation of this entire process - visit www.woodcut.com