A Gallery of Gyotaku Encaustic
Each of these pieces includes an original gyotaku (gyo = fish and taku = rubbing). Japanese-inspired gyotaku is a form of nature printing, in which the actual, natural specimen is used to make the image. Most often I use a direct relief printing technique that involves applying ink or paint to the creature, then pressing fabric or thin paper against it. Each impression is a one-of-a-kind original. For more information about nature printing, please visit the website of the Nature Printing Society.
Encaustic – painting with a mixture of melted beeswax, tree resin, and pigments – anchors an environment for each of my pieces. Layering the encaustic with the gyotaku and various other inclusions such as real seaweed, botanical rubbings, bits of art papers, cheesecloth, and whatever else comes my way at the right time gives me the freedom to create multiple layers of color and light to simulate a watery world. What fun it is to transform hot, molten wax into cool water!
Clicking on an image below will enlarge the image and reveal a caption with information about each piece. If you are interested in learning more about a specific piece or making a purchase, please use the handy contact form at the bottom of this page. Most pieces are unframed, with plywood edges painted black and wire affixed to the back, ready to hang. They may be framed in a shadow box or by strip framing, but it is not necessary.