Every once in a while I would like to showcase some of the wonderful artists that are housed in
the gallery. It’s a good way to show off the stunning amount of diversity held at Art Connections
Gallery as well as allow a place to explore artists individually, from their training to their process
to the work itself.
Probably the most well-known artist I have in the gallery is Daryl Howard. She shows at a
gallery on Madison Avenue, the Ronin Gallery, as well as the David Dike Gallery in Dallas.
And she also shows here at Art Connections Gallery because she’s being very nice to me.
Daryl Howard’s work is really wonderful, collector’s level art. Her work with woodblock print
making is truly breath-taking. She studied art right here in Central Texas, earning her BFA from
Sam Houston State University and then completing her graduate studies at University of Texas at
Austin. In between those two programs of study, she ventured to Tokyo where she taught art and
would later become an apprentice to master print maker, Hodaka Yoshida.
During that time she became proficient in the medium of woodblock print making. While she
also works with Mixed Media Collage, most of the works in the gallery here in Bastrop are of
these woodblock prints. The intricate art style dates back to the 2nd Century B.C. in China. But
Howard’s style is in the Japanese tradition that first came about in 1770 A.D.
The process to create such momentous works is both painstaking and delicate. A different
woodblock is carved by hand for each different color that is seen in the print. Each piece is then
coated in watercolor and rice paste with a special Japanese brush and then the color is transferred
to the paper with the aid of a handmade mulberry “Kizuki” paper. The transfer process must be
precise and is often repeated multiple times per creation. Howard finishes the piece with her
signature 22 K gold, silver or copper leaf embellishment.
It’s an awe-inspiring amount of work per piece. It is a treat to have her work here at Art
Connections for everyone in Bastrop, TX to see. You can see images of her work on this website,
but you must stop by to truly get the full impact of this truly gifted artist.