Katie Caulk’s contemporary multi-colored linocuts evoke what might be called naïve art with her use of understated detail and saturated planes of color. Linocut is a printmaking technique whereby tools cut and gouge away the negative areas of linoleum, the relief image inked and then hand printed. Caulk’s designs, often inspired by her photos, express hints of Picasso and Matisse influences.
“I am self-taught, and although artistic all through life, first college, then a career in the semi-conductor industry during the ‘70’s and 80’s, then marrying and raising a family all took precedence. I jumped full time into the art scene ten years ago when the kids entered college.”
Although Caulk initiated her mid-life art career by painting, in 2009 she resurrected her decades’ long
linocut hobby into a serious medium. After studying Picasso’s multi-color linocuts, she began employing thereductive (or subtractive) print method, a technique using a single block for all layers of color.
“Some of my linocuts are inked with four or five layers of color and all are hand printed. The potential for error increases with the number of colors, so my print editions are extremely limited.”
Caulk’s linocuts have been published as cover art, and granted awards, with collectors in the Livermore Valley and across the United States. As a former board member of the Tri-Valley Artist’s Guild, Caulk helped organize the annual Livermore Art Walk, and was featured as the 2009 Livermore ArtWalk artist inThe Independent Magazine. Katie also designs book covers and book interior layouts for a self-publishing company.
Katie and her husband moved to Placerville in 2011, where she works from her studio in a barn overlooking the country life she loves.
See more of Katie's work at www.katiecaulkartwork.com.