For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with printmaking. It’s a perverse art form, as much craft as art. It requires time and patience to acquire hand skill, like a musician who must first master the instrument before being able to make beautiful music. And unlike painting, the outcome in printmaking is indirect, hidden: the result uncertain until proved. But there is nothing as satisfying as “pulling” the print, the “Aha!” moment when you lift paper from press and the final result is revealed.
After all these years, printmaking is still a daunting challenge: but what a wonder when it comes out right!
Best of all, it is art you can share with others but also get to keep. As the late Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chilleda said, “I am always trying to learn to do what I do not know how to do.”