William J. Joel Art Blog
Every time I buy a new book, one of the first things I do is to crack it open and smell the pages. Okay, now don't get worried; this is definitely not a fetish. It's just I grew up with paper and printing, and the smell of fresh ink brings back such wonderful memories.
My dad was a manager for a paper warehouse in downtown NYC, and through him I was introduced to the wonderful world of paper and what you can do with it. I also worked in the print trade while in high school and college.
Ever since I was a teen, I've been creating prints using woodcuts and silkscreens. I would have also worked with etching, but the materials were something I preferred to avoid in our home. I still have a few prints I created from back then.
I think one of the main attractions printing affords me is the ability to create art with simple materials. Give me a piece of wood and a sharp knife and I can make a block to print an image as many times as I choose. And it doesn't need to be expensive wood. In fact, cheaper wood actually works better for me. Less expensive wood has knots and other imperfections that simply add to the beauty of the final print.
Anyway, from time to time I'll be posting my thoughts on my work. And I'd love to hear your comments.