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Hunter, Angler Reveals the Hidden Lives of Trees With Old-School Inking Process

Hunter, Angler Reveals the Hidden Lives of Trees With Old-School Inking Process

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Like a photographer capturing a moment in time, artist Bryan Nash Gill uses old-school printmaking techniques to create unique visual records of the lives of northeastern American trees. The fingerprint-like effect, which Gill achieves by cutting, manipulating, inking, and printing slices of tree trunk, highlights a tree’s growth and injuries over the course of its entire lifetime.

The Connecticut native is also a lifelong hunter and angler. Gill uses his experience as an outdoorsman to inspire his artwork—time spent hunting game is also an opportunity for him to scout downed trees and other found materials—and uses his art as a way to keep him outside. His book, "Woodcut" (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), an Amazon.com bestseller in the Prints Art category, is a collection of his favorite prints from the past 10 years, and the stories behind them. Here, he shares a behind-the-scenes look at his studio, printmaking process, and unique perspective as a sportsman, with Field & Stream: as told to Ben Romans.