Thursday Salute to Originals: Enchanted Landscapes
A Midwestern printmaker hand-carves a series of original dreamy landscapes.
Valerie Lueth co-founded Tugboat Printshop in Pittsburgh in 2006 as a traditional printmaker with a focus on hand-carved designs. Now the sole owner of the midwestern artist press, Lueth’s work at Tugboat has been featured in publications internationally.
Born from a commission for an edition of Jean-Claude Grumberg’s The Most Precious of Cargoes, Lueth’s most recent creations illustrate dreamy forest landscapes in a striking and whimsical style.
Starting with a pencil sketch, Lueth will carve layered designs into several woodblocks, applying a series of sketches to several blocks. Colored and pressed sequentially, this multi-layered approach yields striking depth of color, resulting in finely executed highlights, shadows, and overall detail.
From scenes of forest vegetation to the jewel-encrusted spider web shown here, no two prints are exactly alike.