The process of translating a watercolor sketch into a multi-layered woodblock, though time consuming, is a journey of color, shapes and memories


There is a story to a book that many never know. A number of the papers we use were handmade by craftsmen in Japan. Combined, these assorted works of craftsmanship add to the story of an editioned book.
Handling a large sheet of vintage Japanese hand-made paper.

An Evolving

The craft of Japanese printmaking spread to Europe in the19th century, flourishing in Vienna and Munich with the German Expressionist Movement. Arthur Wesley Dow brought the craft to North America in 1895 and influenced generations of artists with his teachings. Today, the process continues to evolve and assimilate into modern practices.
"Sunset Chapel" woodblock by Leon Loughridge

Chaco Sojourn, Desert Threnody

Book Four, the last book in the Chaco Sojourn Series, is being printed with hopes to have all 30 books bound by late February. The book will have two woodblocks along with the numerous serigraph illustrations.

The woodblock "Bowden" is one of the two woodblocks that will be bound into the book. There is actually one more color run to print on the Bowden image and then it will be complete. Both woodblocks will be printed on a hand-made Japanese paper dating to 1910.

Check out the postings in the Studio Blog to watch the development of the pages.

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The sun’s blast radius still defers
to long shadows for another hour or two.


"Ascension", Woodblock, 11" x 11".

Hand prints are any image printed by hand instead of an automated  printing press. The beauty of hand prints are the variables in inking resulting from the hand application of the ink.

Editioned Books

Canyon Night Detail, Serigraph, 5" x 14"

Chaco Sojourn

With book two of the Chaco Sojourn series complete, work has started on Book Three with almost all the type printed and illustrations drawn.  

Exhibit Schedule

"Traditions", Watercolor, 25 x 19"

A listing of exhibits, gallery openings and events where my work is on exhibit.

News from The Studio Blog

What's in the works? 
How's it being printed? 
The latest news of events at the Studio Blog.

The Studio Blog

Printing "Bishop's Chapel"

Read the blog posts about printing the large woodblock for Bishop's Lodge and the numerous layers required to develop the image.

About Bishop's Chapel"