The medium I work in is photogravure, which is a kind of tonal etching with aquatint that takes as its starting-point a photograph. From that point, I use ultra-violet light to expose a resist which in turn is applied to a copperplate. After washing off the unexposed resist, I etch the plate in a series of solutions to produce the variable depth that is the distinguishing characteristic of photogravure. Then I print each impression on an etching press one at a time with specially mixed inks on hand-made etching paper. The technique combines the focus, comprehensive detail and sometimes playful spontaneity of photography with the depth, tonal nuance and subtly tactile quality of etching. The resulting prints have a curiously evocative power to stimulate memories or distant-temporal associations.
My prints have been exhibited in Japan, America, and Europe, and are in museum collections such as the Kamakura Museum of Modern Art, the Sackler Gallery, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and others. There are 180 different editions, on themes such as temples and gardens, seascapes, pathways, and snowscapes. Recent Series include the Silk Road, Normandy, and Tuscany. I favor semi-abstract images, using real-world material as a point of departure for graphic meditations on memory, Zen, growth cycles, and other philosophical themes.