Moku Hanga Woodblock Print Artist

Water and nature are the inspirations for the moku hanga prints of Linda J. Beeman. She is passionate about showcasing and conserving the beauty of our waterways and natural areas. Linda seeks out the common beauty of rural landscapes and the lakes, rivers, wetlands and waterfalls found in her travels to transform into prints. The four seasons create an always changing landscape of imagery just waiting to be captured in the beautiful and complex Japanese art form of moku hanga.

Moku means wood and hanga means print. A wood block is carved for each color while overlaying parts of the blocks create second, third and fourth colors.  Watercolor is brushed on to each block and then hand printed on to Japanese washi. Each print may have 2 to 12 or more carved wood blocks. Traditionally, moku hanga was created by workshops of artisans — some carving parts of blocks and some printing. It was a very labor-intensive and time consuming form of artwork. Linda carves and prints each one herself. For that reason, editions are usually limited to 12 prints and never reprinted.

Linda’s detailed prints have garnered top awards in juried competitions. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world. Known for both the precision of her carving and her subtle, quiet colors, Linda’s prints transport the viewer to a place worth knowing and protecting.

A Message from Linda:
I am an environmental artist working exclusively in the ancient water-based Japanese art of moku hanga — woodblock print. This medium gives me subtleties of color and tone unavailable in other mediums. 

The spiritual connection that I find in the creation of the print is extremely important to me. The process is quiet, calming and meditative. Carving individual wood blocks for each color in the print, isolated profiles are separated and then joined again. This exploration of forms within a space creates a deeper, intimate encounter with nature. The emotional, physical and spiritual energy I use to create a print somehow becomes imbedded within it to reveal the heart and spirit of a location.

Primarily showing wilderness landscapes and waterscapes, and, having the four seasons of imagery at my disposal, it is a joy to showcase the beauty, diverse ecology, geography and healing value of our world through my prints. 

I am taking you to a destination, a secret place that you can experience and will want to know personally.  Creating a sense of stillness and peace and shelter…the journey awakens you to the vulnerability of our natural spaces. The significance of protection is stimulated.

The rarely noticed or hidden becomes elevated to the sacred.

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