In this video, we get a look into my studio in Seaside, California, wherein I'm talking about my woodcutting process.
In my studio, I have an entire section dedicated to working on my woodcuts. I began woodcutting in 1966. I’ve had one of the oldest woodcutting tools in my collection since the 60s. Some of my tools, the Japanese ones, I picked up from Soko Hardware in 1966, in Japantown in San Francisco.
Paul Gaugin, Antonio Frasconi, and Shikō Munakata were my most prominent influences. From Munakata, I sought out his process in woodcutting. I didn’t copy his work, but I emulated how he worked.
I did teach printmaking, and it could get very complicated. This style of lithography and printmaking process was something I taught because it was part of my job. But ultimately, I wanted to be more direct in my printmaking.
I studied Japanese printmaking. When I learned about Munakata’s process and approach to woodcutting, I wanted to work using the same process. Because for me, the process is more important than the product.
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