About my Workshops

It has long been my passion to share what I know and love about nature printing, gyotaku, and the sea. Over the last 25 years I have developed one, two, and three day workshops that address elements of nature printing, and nature appreciation. By far my favorite is Gyotaku-The Art of the Fishprint, teaching the direct form of fish printing in a one day workshop.

I taught myself this art form in 1976 from a magazine article, and then started working with two artists on the West Coast- Lori Hatch of Bellingham, Washington and the late Eva Zbar of Vancouver, British Columbia. I was then a fisherman on the NOAA Ship Miller Freeman, and had access to virtually unlimited fish from the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. Lori and Eva would come and spend weekends with me in 1985 and 1986 on the ship in a fish printing frenzy. It was by working with and listening to these two remarkable artists that I was able to develop my own style of gyotaku.

Another resource for the gyotaku artist is  the Nature Printing Society.  Founded in 1976, the Nature Printing Society is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the education, the history and practice of the art of nature printing, and to those who support our philosophy of respect for nature through the art of the print.

The NPS publishes a quarterly newsletter that contains information on techniques used in printing, schedules of classes and workshops held by and for members, dates of shows exhibiting prints by members, and bibliographies of interest to nature printers. NPS also sponsors an annual week long workshop for its members in different aspects of nature printing.