Debby Neely
Woodcuts
 
I do art because I can’t not do art. It just keeps wanting to come out! I find that woodcuts allow me to concentrate on the importance of the design, and because I print them in the traditional black on white format, the design stays most important. I have a passion for black & white that woodcuts allow me to indulge.
 
I have a BS from Ohio State University and an MA from San Jose State University. And now I make my living as a fine artist. I currently teach fine arts at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA. My woodcuts are a traditional Oriental printing art technique. I hand carve each design and print them on hand made Chire Kozo or Sumi-E mulberry based papers. My designs focus on Northwest wildlife. I have always loved birds but after moving to Washington and fishing its great rivers I now enjoy using the salmon species as subject matter. My favorite shape is a circle, representing a full moon that raises the tides and allows the salmon to enter the rivers on their trip back upstream to spawn. The images are strong but I stress a quietness in the arrangement of the design. I sign my name with the red chops. The upper chop is my name (Neely) in Chinese and the bottom chop says that I draw birds and animals.


Examples of Debby Neely's Artwork

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Woodcut Wall Art

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Woodcut Wall Art

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Woodcut Wall Art