I created this image on paper first and brought it to life in a puzzle woodcut in Printmaking.There is a lot of layering of ink.

Look closely at this print and you can see an old cloth doily inked up in the background. The face was drawn from one of my daughter’s dolls and the rest of the patterns were just for the love of pattern. I created this image in 1991. I have never lost the love of excessive ink and layering of images.

“To Be Female” is a puzzle woodcut print with the background plywood with the circles carved out of the plywood. Then the circles that were inserted were inserted by hand because they were carved pine board.

Printmaking can have lots of different textures depending on the materials and amount of ink used. It is fun.

The plywood carved for the background was 18 × 24 inches and the paper printed was 30 × 22 inches.


printmaking, woodcut, female, red, blue, ottawa, canada, puzzle, to be female

My artwork is influenced by my zest for exploring possibilities through experimentation, playing with my imagined world and I am directly influenced by family and interpersonal relationships.

I graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1984. I have played with lots of possibilities, but my main passion since 1998 has been non-toxic printmaking.

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