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, recent woodcuts such as Convergence are more non-objective.  This new direction is the converging of color, line, shape, 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 and Shimmer are my attempt to capture sunlight on water as seen up close from a Hobie Ca.  Breaking, Climate Climax, Luna Sea, Noumena, Nascent and Once Upon a Glacier... express my concern for our environmental crisis as it affects our glaciers, oceans and waterways.  Anima Mundi (soul of the world)my “Stay at Home” print, was completed while sheltering in 2020.  I can’t help but think Mother Earth is getting even, with this pandemic, for all of humanity’s abuses. 


Namaste is my attempt to express the Divine within each of us.  Namaste is a greeting which literally means the Divine in me bows to / acknowledges / greets the Divine in you.  





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