Rod Nelson

Rod is a self-taught woodblock printmaker and has exhibited work in the UK, Germany and China. His mastery of technical skills has developed from many years working as a professional woodworker. He is co-author (with Merlyn Chesterman) of the book 'Making Woodblock Prints' and has enjoyed teaching for many years at West Dean and elsewhere. Recently, he has been elected as an associate member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.

Describe your approach to teaching:
There is a unique, vivid quality to woodcuts. Rod has an ability to help students to go beyond their self-imposed limitations to discover this quality - an exciting process for both student and teacher.

What inspires your work?
The power and freedom of expression possible in woodcut is its own inspiration. There is a sensuous beauty to the materials and an apparent simplicity of method which belies potential for great subtlety.

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