California-based artist Tom Killion describes his woodcut technique as “faux ukiyo-ë” to emphasize his aesthetic debt to early 19th-century Japanese landscape prints, as well as early 20th century European and American wood-engravings. The well-studied result is something both antique and modern, gorgeously stylized and detailed.
Killion’s colorful odes to nature are certainly a labor of love, shown through his complex techniques. He carves his images into wood using Japanese handtools, and prints them onto handmade Japanese kozo papers. His chosen locations are mostly within but not limited to California’s sunny state such as San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz, and Big Sur. Check out his epic engravings below, and find out more at his website.