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Artist Elsie Dye Sims looks to nature when creating her expressive woodcut designs. Sims uses her technique to show the energy and constant transformation of beauty in death and rebirth. Among her observations are trees clinging to eroding bluffs and the fading blooms of agave stalks, scattering seeds - allowing new life to sprout alongside the degeneration. “Although I love drawing and painting, the powerful lines and bold gestural strokes of the woodcut process is a more satisfying representation of my mind’s eye of nature,” says Sims. Her latest series of large-scale woodcuts portray the push and pull of nature with attention to the vivid color and texture of California’s coast.

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