George is an artist and friend who lives in Evanston, IL. His professional work has included illustrations for books, particularly books that tell traditional Japanese folk tales, and other 2 dimensional work on paper, including woodblock prints. His undergraduate thesis at the Art Institute of Chicago included woodblock prints.
George was commissioned during the cold war to make a Moku Hanga of General Curtis E. (“Bomber”) LeMay, Chief of the Strategic Air Command. George employed a graphite background to give a steely feel to the print and I found this very engaging. It was applied in a manner similar to the application of mica: nori deposited from the block and then graphite powder spread on top of the nori. This photo had to be taken at an angle to avoid a reflection from a window in George’s home.