Andrea Rich

My work explores texture, pattern, color and composition as it applies to my medium. Woodcut prints captivated me while in college and have held my interest since. The constraint of having to carve all the images first gives the prints a strength unique to block printing. Working with flat color or space in juxtaposition to complex pattern or texture as well as my preference for off center-balanced composition relates my work to the Japanese tradition of Ukiyo-e prints. I follow my interests in regard to subject matter. Birds and wildlife with whom we share our world as well as the habitats they live in seem most fitting subjects especially now in a time of environmental upheaval with so many species on the brink of extinction. My work contributes to the artistic record of life at the beginning of the 21st century.