Lynita Shimizu has been creating woodcuts using the Japanese techniques of moku hanga since the mid-seventies. Born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Lynita graduated with a Fine Arts major from Westminster College in 1974. Following a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she moved to Japan to focus on woodblock printmaking. Her introduction to Mokuhanga (Wood-print) began in the Kyoto atelier of traditional master, Tomikichiro Tokuriki .   She later joined a group of printmakers in Tokyo studying under contemporary printmaker, Yoshisuke Funasaka, with whom she remains in contact.  

Today you’ll find Lynita in her studio overlooking a beaver pond at the edge of Yale Forest, making prints filled with color and spirit.


Thanks to The New Leaf Gallery for sponsoring this four minute film created by Asher Brown.

“Joy In Color” || Lynita Shimizu || Woodblock Printmaker from Asher Brown on Vimeo.