Original Woodblock Print High Desert Landscape Bristlecone Pine Mountain Sierra Very Limited Artist Proof Edition

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Title: Bristlecone Pine
Edition: 1 on handmade paper plus 5 artist's proofs on Arches Tan
Paper size: 22"x30"
Image size: 19"x23"
Paper: Arches Tan
Block: Cherrywood
Ink: Graphic Chemical Black

Series: Six Nevada Trees 2005
This is one of three available artist's proofs, signed, numbered
I was very proud to be awarded the Nevada Arts Council’s Governor’s Arts Award Visual Arts Commission. The commission called for the creation of six pieces of artwork to be given to the recipients of the 25th Annual Governor's Art Awards in a ceremony in Reno, Nevada, on Tuesday, April 5, 2005. The proposal guidelines called to thematically tie the artwork to the Nevada landscape, its people or history.

Nevada’s history is fraught with tales of toughness and perseverance, but also of ongoing growth. Perhaps this process and history are best illustrated by the Mojave Desert’s rugged trees. Among them are the pinyon pine, the first tree adopted as our symbol and a giver of life to our native inhabitants; the white pine and the bristlecone, another of Nevada’s symbols, found in some of the most seemingly uninhabitable landscapes and illustrative of longevity and perseverance; the Joshua tree, a living symbol of survival and the Mojave’s cherished landmark; the desert willow splashing the landscape with delicate flowers and telling the traveler of hidden springs.

Process:
Woodcuts and wood engravings are made by drawing an image on a block of wood, usually cherry in my case, then carving out the negative spaces. After carving, what is left is a big "stamp" of the desired image. I roll ink with a roller over the woodcut, place a piece of handmade paper on the inked block, apply pressure and transfer the image on the paper.

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