Lynita Shimizu has been creating woodcuts using the Japanese techniques of moku hanga
since the mid-seventies. Originally from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Lynita graduated with a Fine Arts major from Westminster College in 1974. Following a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she moved to Japan to concentrate on woodblock printmaking. During her four-year stay, she studied in Kyoto with an elderly master of traditional wood- block printmaking, Tomikichiro Tokuriki, and in Tokyo with contemporary printmaker, Yoshisuke Funasaka. From Japan, Lynita and her husband moved to River Edge, NJ, where they raised three sons.
The labor-intensive process of mokuhanga (woodprint) brings order to the chaos of creative energy. To move from the inspiration of the sketch to the mechanics of the print requires thoughtful organization of color and space. My initial step when making a woodcut is one of simplification as I work to strip the subject matter down to its essence. The subject matter itself may vary, but its source is never far from my daily interaction with nature.
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