"Housesitting" © relief engraving (ed. 25) image: 10.5 x 14.25 in. $250.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

When I was a child my brothers, Fred and Kent, and sister, Ruth and I had a tortoise one summer. I don't remember how it got to our house, but my sister says it arrived as an uninvited guest. I remember it had a small hole through the edge of its shell (put there by its previous "host" I suppose). We tied a string through the hole and tied the other end of the string to a water pipe. I enjoyed being down on the grass and watching deep under that shell and wondering what it would be like to live in there. One day, when we came out to play with "our" tortoise, there was a string tied to the water pipe and no tortoise at the end of the string. It had packed up it's mobile home and had moved on.

This is the largest wood engraving I've ever created. Actually it's not technically a wood engraving. That's why I call it a relief engraving. It's engraved on a synthetic resin that has been cast onto a piece of medium density fiber board. It costs a small fortune to buy an end grain block ten by fourteen inches. A laminated end grain block that size would also have potential problems warping and cracking.

Note: After this limited edition was printed the block was cut down and the middle section was converted to another print, using a portion of this image (see "Matador").