Photo by Nacho Guevara

Photo by Nacho Guevara

I am a printmaker and illustrator living in California's beautiful Bay Area. In my work I try to capture the beauty, curiosity, and wonder I see in the world.

In addition to doing freelance custom work for many museum stores, non-profits, farms, and food/gift companies, I also carry a line of stationery, gifts and home goods that can be found online and in over 500 museums, botanic gardens, and boutiques across the country.

A healthy community is important to me.  A portion of my time each year is donated to select non-profits that build a strong community.  Sales of my artwork have raised over $20,000 for charity. When designing my products I choose environmentally friendly options sourced as locally as possible.

Selected Client List: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pier 1, Barilla Pasta, Williams-Sonoma, La Brea Bakery, Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, St Benoît Creamery, the band Cake


 
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THE PRINTMAKING PROCESS:

 

 
step 1

step 1

To create a block print, I first start by drawing an image on a block of linoleum. Linoleum is a material made from linseed oil and wood or cork dust. The image must be drawn backwards, as it will leave a mirror image when printed.

step 3

step 3

When all the negative space is carved away, I ink the linoleum block with a roller, or "brayer".

 

step 5

step 5

 

The final print is revealed.

step 2

step 2

Next, I carve out all the negative space in the image. The linoleum that remains will catch the ink and form the final image.

step 4

step 4

To print the piece by hand, I place a piece of paper over the block and rub the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. This transfers the ink to the paper.

step 6

step 6

To print the piece on the press, I place the inked block on the bed of the press and place a piece of paper on it. Then I cover it with press felts and roll it through the press. The metal roller of the press applies a large amount of pressure to the paper and plate, transferring the ink to the paper.

 

 
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To make a multi-color print, I use a few different techniques. One involves carving multiple linoleum blocks, each of which will print one area of color. In this example, I have carved five different blocks. One block can be painted with multiple colors, which can result in a more complex and painterly print.

 
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