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Alex is an artist /printmaker who lives and works on the small yet dynamic coast of New Hampshire. His primary focus is  on woodcuts that are hand carved and editioned with the aid of an American French Tool etching press. They are printed on various Japanese and Fine papers using oil based inks. 

His New Hampshire studio is located on the second floor of a restored 19th century carriage house within walking distance to the granite beaches, reefs and point breaks where he has surfed for many decades. An intimate knowledge of this coastline is where his inspiration begins. The rugged natural beauty and energy hold endless opportunities for subject matter. Many of his pieces are direct observations of his experiences in and around the ocean. They record his time here in this historic yet ever changing region.

"I have always been drawn to the inherent graphic quality of the woodcut. To depict movement from a stagnant material while balancing elements of atmosphere and color is very challenging. The time consuming technique of reduction wood cut is multi-faceted. Many levels of thoughtful planning and improv result in the finished image. My pieces explore the interplay of solid forms and the constant ebb and flow of the ocean and how it organically shapes the coast and our live .

My prints and drawings are based on regional locations . I prefer to synthesize numerous ideas and observations into each image . My goals are not to capture exactly what is presented but rather express it through design, a sense of place and personal reflection of this area where I live and enjoy."

Alex's work may be found in numerous private collections and in the permanent print collection of the Boston Athenaeum.

Member of the Boston Printmakers.

Member of Society of  American Graphic Artists.

Photo : Brayden Rudert

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