Farewell from Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio


photo of etching press in studio

My beloved 30 x 60 Takach etching Press goes to one of my students in Corvallis- farewell Big Orange!

It has long been my passion to share what I know and love about nature printing, gyotaku, and the sea. Six and a half years ago in 2012 I relocated from Sarasota,Florida and set up a studio in an old mill town of Toledo, Oregon. 

The goal of this studio was teaching about nature printing; both gyotaku- fish printing, plant printing, and the making of paper.  For the last six years I have taught a variety of workshops here, but found myself pining for tropical weather. I made the decision to move to Mexico permanently and start a garden of tropical plants and trees (and suitable for printing!)

The studio is now officially closed, and I am in the process of moving out of my house.  I will start my drive south on July 20, 2019.  I hope you visit this site in the future as I’ll continue to list workshops as I set them up in Mexico.  I’ll be living in Comala, in the state of Colima.  (4 hours south of Puerta Vallarta.)


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  • The Amazing Cephalopods

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  • Off to Southern Climes

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  • Fundraiser for Peru Amazon Conservation

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  • Gyotaku Exhibit at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center In Newport, Oregon

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  • “Squid Row” celebrating the world of Cephalopads!

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  • Art Immersed in the Aquatic Underworld

    I’m honored to be a part of a group exhibit at the Oregon State University Lasells Stewart Center in Corvallis, and have 15 gyotaku images of local fish and seaweed. It opened on June 1, 2013 and runs until June 28, 2013.  The Artists Reception is June 12 from 6-9 pm.  http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery

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  • Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio

    It’s said if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.   That is true for me, because I love coming to my studio in Toledo, Oregon and playing with different elements of nature printing.  Last year I added an etching press to the studio equipment- a 30 x 60 brightly […]

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  • A step by step guide

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  • Gyotaku Video

    It shows the process of making gyotaku

     It shows the process of making gyotaku from the fresh fish to the finished!   In 2001 Oregon Public Broadcasting aired a segment of Oregon Field Guide about Gyotaku from my studio in Bend, Oregon.  It shows the process of making gyotaku from the fresh fish to the finished!

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