I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Ibaraki Prefecture in 2016. Here are some of the paper cuttings I've created from the pictures I took in the town of Daigo and the area surrounding it.
Trees & Shadow
A series of paper cuttings depicting different scenery at Shodenzan Temple in Menuma, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
A series of paper cuttings depicting different scenery from the Muskoka region in Ontario, Canada. All works are one piece of black paper on top of watercolour painting (some smaller sections of green are also cut paper).
A series of paper cuttings depicting different sake casks.
A series of Japanese Cherry Blossoms that I've been working on over the past few months. I was asked by someone to make "something pink" last fall. I got some good feedback on the first one piece, so I decided to make a few more.
Kawagoe (Series 1 - 2010)
These paper cuttings depict various buildings in Kawagoe, Japan (Saitama prefecture). Kawagoe is famous for its buildings from the Edo period (1603-1868). Many of the buildings depicted here are kurazukuri (fireproof storehouses), which were part of a construction boom started in 1720 after the shogunate gave permission for their manufacture. At its peak, there were over 200 of these buildings, yet today only a few dozen remain along the main streets.
Kawagoe (Series 2 - 2014)
These paper cuttings were made from pictures I've taken while in Japan over the past few years.
These paper cuttings depict the Nikko Toshogu shrine located in Nikko, Japan (Tochigi prefecture). It was dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Structures located in Waterloo, New Hamburg, and Cambridge, Ontario.
Black and White
My earliest paper cuttings (2005 - 2006). Made from pictures I took while travelling in Japan.