Photo by Lacey Russell

Photo by Lacey Russell

I’m an artist and printmaker based in Oxford, MS. I’m originally from Memphis, TN but moved to Oxford in 2007 to attend the University of Mississippi. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmaking and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Before attending the University, I had no idea what printmaking was. It wasn’t until my first Introduction to Relief class that I became hooked to woodcuts.

Each one of my woodcuts is 100% handmade. I draw an image onto the block, first in pencil then outline it in Sharpie. I apply a thin coat of black tempera paint. (This helps me to see where cuts have been made and gives me visual of what it will look like once printed.) I then coat it a few times with polyacrylic. (This helps to keep the block from soaking in all the ink and mineral spirits.) I carve out the image using handheld chisels and gouges and coat it again with polyacrylic once it’s complete. I use oil-based ink to print my woodcuts. I use a brayer to roll the ink over the block and print it by hand using a baren, wooden spoon or my etching press. Think of it as one giant stamp!