I received the destination of Gyotaku Master following countless classes and a 6 year apprenticeship under Japanese Master Mineo Yamamoto.
I am inspired to create my art by the look on people’s faces who enter my studio for the first time. The life-size fish and detail in the art stop them in their tracks. What follows is an expression of WOW and the question ‘How did you do this?’ What great inspiration.
I strive to make each fish so real that they appear alive. The fish seem to jump out from the page because I spend hours preparing each one with precision so when the print is lifted it looks real.
For research, I spend countless hours studying fish at aquariums and fish markets. I’ve traveled to the Caribbean, Africa, Central American, Europe, China, Vietnam and Across the United States to swim with and collect different species. I work every day to develop and enhance my technique.
I experiment with an array of papers, fabrics and specialty inks from Japan and around the world. Combined with my training, these are the most important tools I can use to create the best traditional Gyotaku art I can make.
27 B Gardner’s Lane
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
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