Carolyn Howse // Artist & Printmaker
BIO: After a career as a graphic designer, Carolyn reoriented her creative focus towards the fine art of printmaking. She has spent several years studying printmaking in Oaxaca, Mexico at the legendary Taller de Artes Plasticas Rufino Tamayo (TRT) and has participated in many collective print shows in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Oregon, Québec and BC. Influences include 20th century British printmakers, Mexican print masters as well as early botanical illustrations. Images are etched in metal or cut on a plate (linoleum or wood) and hand-printed on a manual etching press with custom inks resulting in a sensuous textured image on paper.
Artist's Statement: Printmaking is a centuries-old, hands-on process which feels like an antidote to our current era saturated in technology. The tactile results have a vintage look and harken back to a forgotten age. I enjoy the creative expression and challenges that are offered in the world of printmaking. Sensitive explorations of flora and fauna which incorporate human and animal themes and the natural world is a recurring theme in my artwork.