Sub-Arctic Expedition: The Return

On my way back to the Faroe Islands,  by way of Reykjavik and Copenhagen. Stay tuned for more details.


Rockstar Ram

I recently completed “The Ram,” pictured below.  The model for sheep on the boat was a young ram that came under the care of Aimee León, while she was in the Faroe Islands on her Wool Away Project.

It turns out that this young ram was a good choice for a model–he  has since been selected to be one of THE rams. That is a big deal in the Faroes, there aren’t too many rams. Only one or two are chosen from a herd each year. The rest are slaughtered for meat for the year.  Aimee León had rescued him out of a vertical rocky crevasse after he broke his leg and carried him back around her neck in her scarf. She became fond of him while caring for him afterwards, and sent his picture when I asked for a sheep model. It turns out that we picked a real stud–This guy will literally make hundreds of babies.

The Model

The Model

The print he is featured in:

The Ram 12"x9", multiple plate etching

The Ram 12″ x 9″, multiple plate etching



Companions and Progeny

The Sub-Arctic Expedition continues to spawn new work.  These two images are the latest product of my month in the cool, grey, green Faroe Islands.

Companions 5.5" x 4" multiple plate etching

5.5″ x 4″
multiple plate etching

Progeny 5.5" x 4" multiple plate etching

5.5″ x 4″
multiple plate etching


Faroe Islands Podcast

While I was in the Faroe Islands last summer, Matthew Workman of the Faroe Islands Podcast interviewed me.  The interview was released last week, as Podcast #197.  The interview, along with the 196 other podcasts, is available here: 

Or download the podcast directly here:

masking tape giraffe

photo by Sigga Vang


Sub-Arctic Expedition 2014 Calendar is now available!

Are you still following this blog?  Excellent–that means you get to be one of the first to read about the 2014 Sub-Arctic Expedition Calendar.

Twelve paintings and etchings from my Summer 2013 expedition to the Faroe Islands, plus a bonus photo of the Great Masking Tape Giraffe of Gota.


Another Faroe-based etching

I was in the studio yesterday, drawing on the key plate for a new piece:

fugloy house plate

This is based on the Fugloy House painting I did while in the Faroes.  So far, both post-Faroe etchings I am working on are based on paintings I did while on my trip.  At first, I was worried that I was just copying myself; however, I’ve noticed two things:

  1. The resulting print is much richer for having started out as a painting.  Having worked out many of the composition and content issues in the painting, it is easier to explore technical issues more in the etching.
  2. Re-working the image on three copper plates, rather then on paper makes the image evolve a bit, plus it lets me correct side-effects of the initial burst of creativity.  The original Fugloy House image started as a seemingly random green blob.  The etching version features a closer approximation of the actual Fugloy coastline.

Here is the first proof, from just the key plate (this proof is actually a side effect of transferring the image from the key plate to the other two color plates).

fugloy house proof

First Post-Expedition Etching Under Way

This is the first color proof of my first Faroe Islands-inspired etching.  Based on the 62.3 N Ladder piece I created while in the Faroes.

Fugloy Ladder, 16" x 12", multiple plate etching

Fugloy Ladder16″ x 12″, multiple plate etching