Relief printing, primarily wood block printing, has both captivated and challenged me as an artist. The work of Hiroshige, a prolific Japanese artist of the ukiyo-e school of woodblock design, has been a strong influence. His clear yet complicated designs, bold colors and precise images are inspiring. Of equal importance and perhaps greater influence is the current body of work by Paul Furneaux, Edinburgh, Scotland. His use of color and form combined with organic themes takes Japanese wood block print making in a new direction.
I am currently experimenting with various techniques such as bokashi, tonal grading, or mokumetsubushi, allowing the wood grain to show, as a way of improving the quality of my prints. The use of multiple blocks is essential to my designs. Overlapping more than one block. enhances color and shading . Printing several blocks on a close register adds crisp detail..
My work is a combination of Japanese influences and American themes, often suggesting a story or familiar mood. I hope to take the knowledge of the past and adapt it to reflect my unique style and artistic voice.
Landscape 5"x7" five woodblocks
Diane Perry, currently a resident of North Carolina, received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education and Art from the University of Maryland.. Diane arrived in the Wilmington, NC area after living in Europe for more than ten years where she continued to study art and to create and sell her artwork.
Japanese Woodblock techniques , summer 2009, at Edinburgh Printmaker's, Scotland