Kurt Stocker

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The oldest and humblest form of printmaking, relief woodcuts, came early, mainly because it was the only medium left in a family of artists. It has all the demands of any creative art, but has the added interest of a process…first, the drawing of the image, the carving of the wood or linoleum block, which creates a relief print, the image is printed on the raised surface, after the background has been carved away..and finally the hand-inking and printing of the plate. I like the tactile feel of carving wood, as well as, linocuts. etchings and mono-prints. I am a traditionalist, woodcuts are clean and sharp..they do not imitate painting or other forms of printing. Black and white, while not technically colors, are endemic to the process, and rarely, a touch of color.

After an interesting and challenging corporate career, I fled to a ranch in Colorado, an island in Florida. and New Mexico. Life always influences art, and mine is not exception…I am drawn to the culture and history, of where I have lived, and what I have done. Having the opportunity to express myself visually, it is a relief and a continuation of that process.