Gyotaku means "fish rubbing" in Japanese. A fish is coated with sumi ink and an impression is made using the hands on silk or a sheet of rice paper (washi). The process was popularized in 1800's Japan by fishermen wanting to capture images of their trophy fish. The detail and beauty of the resulting images captured the imagination of artists and it has become an art form practiced all over the world. As a Marine Docent with the University of New Hampshire SeaGrant Program I frequently demonstrate these techniques at science museums and schools.
My woodcuts are made from fish rubbings and sometimes from photographs. I use traditional Hanga (Japanese techniques and tools) to create the key image and then hand paint the resulting design to add another layer of uniqueness to the finished piece.
These works are for sale as originals (contact me for pricing) or you can have them as prints to fit a 16X20 frame. The cost of any print is $45 unframed or $90 when it is matted and framed to 16X20. Mats are warm white and the frames are a gallery profile of dark hardwood. Send your request with the "contact me" button below.