Debby Neely

I have an ever enlarging collection of sharp and pointed things that I use to carve, gouge and create lines, shapes and textures on the surface of the wood block. Each is used to create a different effect when printed, just as a pencil, pen or paintbrush make different marks on paper. The marks I make need to be incised into the wood surface so it becomes in essence a large wooden “stamp”. I apply the ink to the block surface, lay the paper on top and burnish the paper with a baron to transfer the ink to the paper.

After being printed, the image needs to cure, be signed and numbered, have any special paints, airbrush work and chops applied and a certificate of authenticity attached. They are then matted and framed or shrink wrapped, photographed and logged into inventory records. They are then ready to be sent to galleries or entered in shows.

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