Cathie Crawford - Artist / Relief Printmaker

Artist Statement

My color reduction woodcuts celebrate the magical moments of my life.  I strive to capture the truth and beauty of my subjects.  Some images deal with a particular feeling or emotion I have toward my immediate environment.    Manzoku is a close up view of me hand feeding my koi.  


Deeply enamored with the ever-changing hues of water, sky and land, I use color for its emotional impact.  I have always been especially attracted to water, seeking it out for its restorative powers.  Water represents a powerful life giving force -- a source of replenishment, rejuvenation or rebirth.  Water theme images have been a constant source of inspiration throughout my printmaking career.  


Taking a break from my figurative woodcuts with up to 21 runs thru the press, these woodcuts are more non-objective.  This new direction is the converging of line, shape, color and texture in an ambiguous space with whispers of landscape.  I have been striving to pack as much color as possible in the fewest runs using blended or split font rolls of transparent inks on the brayer or litho roller – a Confluence of Color.


Summer Soleil, my newest print, is the essence of summer.  Breaking, Luna Sea, Noumena and Nascent express my concern for our environmental crisis as it affects our oceans and waterways.  Anima Mundi (soul of the world)my “Stay at Home” print, was completed while sheltering in place this year.  I can’t help but think Mother Earth is getting even, with this pandemic, for all of humanity’s abuses. 



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