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The word "tuckamore" comes from my home province of Newfoundland, Canada:

Tuk-a-mor (noun): a gnarled, low-lying evergreen tree that grows along the coastline, stunted and slanted by the prevailing winds and whipped by the salt spray.

I am an architect and printmaker living in Western New York, and originally from Newfoundland, Canada, a place which inspires me in my artwork.

I first discovered printmaking while living in Vancouver in 1996, and later studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

I have always loved to make things and I love working with paper. Because my architectural work is all done on a computer, I really miss drawing by hand. Printmaking gives me that connection between, as Elbert…

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  • Joined September 12, 2009

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Relief printmaking, linocuts, handmade and recycled paper

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About

The word "tuckamore" comes from my home province of Newfoundland, Canada:

Tuk-a-mor (noun): a gnarled, low-lying evergreen tree that grows along the coastline, stunted and slanted by the prevailing winds and whipped by the salt spray.

I am an architect and printmaker living in Western New York, and originally from Newfoundland, Canada, a place which inspires me in my artwork.

I first discovered printmaking while living in Vancouver in 1996, and later studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

I have always loved to make things and I love working with paper. Because my architectural work is all done on a computer, I really miss drawing by hand. Printmaking gives me that connection between, as Elbert Hubbard said, "head, heart and hand".

Having a variety of techniques to work with is exciting - I love that there are so many different ways to create an image.

My inspiration:
A lot of my work is inspired by my roots on the far east coast of Canada. My prints are often of coastal scenes, like the lighthouses that I grew up around.

The grace and intricacy of Celtic and Art Nouveau design are influences on my art work. I also find inspiration in the architecture and paintings of Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the Arts & Crafts movement's emphasis on all things handmade.

Probably because of my architectural training, my eye is drawn to the play of light and shadow on the surfaces of buildings, especially on architectural details, which is why I enjoy black and white photography. Relief printmaking, especially linocut, provides another wonderful avenue for exploring light and shadow.

My work:
My focus is currently on lino prints, both inked and blind embossed (deeply impressed and printed without ink). I prefer to work on small prints and cards. I'm always learning and exploring new printmaking techniques in my work.

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