An award-winning etching of a lightning whelk shell by Mark WoolbrightMark Woolbright, Printmaker


In the past two years my etchings have won prizes in shows at the Triton Museum of Art, the Los Gatos Art Museum, and the Gualala Art Center, as well as being in juried shows at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. I'm currently one of two featured Artists of the Month at Avenue Art. My wife, Edie Uber, and I have been "Dueling Portrait Artists" at fundraisers in the South Bay.


I often spend weeks working at an etching. But in 2009 I was in show in which each artist showed 50 artworks done in 50 days. It was a real challenge to make an etching a day. It forced me to silence the inner critic, to simplify my ideas, and to not get lost in details. I'm happy to have been accepted to participate in this year's 50/50 show. My theme will be "50 Views along the Los Gatos Creek Trail," and my medium will be ink.


I studied painting at Park College near Kansas City and then studied printmaking at CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I earned my BFA. In the 1980's my art was in shows and small galleries in Colorado. I was commissioned to make a suite of landscape etchings of Phantom Canyon by a group that was trying to protect it from development. Phantom Canyon is now part of the Nature Conservancy.