Printmaking Workshops By Royden Card
Z-Arts! is very fortunate to have not one but two printmaking workshops on offer this Spring from Utah artist Royden Card, the first on Woodcut and Relief printmaking, and the second on Drypoint Intaglio. Royden and his wife Sandee have been enjoying the changing light on the mesas from their home and art studio in Virgin for the past 5 years.
Before living in the desert landscapes he so strikingly captures in his vivid acrylic paintings, Royden taught printmaking for 16 years at Brigham Young University in Northern Utah, authoring a book on the print making process while he was there. He also taught occasional art classes for University of Utah, and Utah Valley University.
Royden’s woodcuts are small glimpses of Utah desert scenes, the texture and quality of the woodcuts echoing the carved landscapes of his subject matter. The prints have an intimate quality, clearly conveying his feeling for the land.
Working with sketches drawn on location and the occasional reference photo, Royden creates a series of drawings with ink and brush to work out a final design. He then reverses the final drawing and transfers it to the block (preferably cherry), and will then spend up to 80 hours carving, making slight changes as he goes along.
His emphasis in his own works has recently shifted to the area of acrylics. He still depicts landscapes of the Utah desert, but has also been painting New Mexican adobe architecture. His architectural portrayals depict portions of a building, a single wall or other element, so the focus is on line, shape, and value contrast. He was recently one of nine finalists for the State of Utah Art Fellowship.
Royden roams the deserts of Utah with a sketchbook, carving art from the rugged redrock landscape. Winds, rocks and sun are his silent partners as he explores the desert, looking for inspiration.”I have a fascination with redrock deserts and also the badlands of Utah, Nevada,Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
To enjoy more of Royden’s work please visit his website at www.roydencardfineart.com.
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a creative weekend!