Sara Woodburn

Artist Statement:
I have been fascinated with the process of making woodblock prints for the last 12 years. Prior to that, I studied and designed textiles with overlays of color and pattern influenced by Japan and New Mexico, places I have lived. Elements in the landscape that are changed by both natural and human forces also appear in my work.

I do two types of relief prints, woodcut and mokuhanga. Woodcut is the Western style of printing with a carved wood plate, brayer, and ink, and mokuhanga, or wood print, is the Japanese method using water based color and brushes.

In the beginning of the pandemic, in April 2020, I began what became a series of twelve prints called Quarantine Garden Woodblock Project. Each woodcut is a record of that month in my garden. Fruit trees flower and bear fruit. Fountain and bird bath draw feathered visitors, some more rare than regular. These woodcuts became my “calendar” into 2021, completed with the March 2021 woodcut. (see four of these below, the complete set on my website To learn about my printmaking workshops, email me at:


2011 Member of the Santa Barbara Printmakers and the California Society of Printmakers.
2012 Awarded a scholarship to study mokuhanga with the master printer, Hiroki Morinoue, at Anderson
Ranch Art Center.
2014 Dedicated mokuhanga, Veronica Meadows to the Friends of Arroyo Burro Creek.
2015 Study with mokuhanga expert, April Vollmer of New York.
2016 Woodcut printing with Jean Gumpper at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Colorado.
2018 Screenprint residency and exhibition, Print Power, at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW).
2019 Mokuhanga workshop with Tom Killion in Yosemite, CA.
2021 Woodcut/monoprint under the direction of Karen Kunc of Nebraska at Anderson Ranch Art Center.

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