I am a print-maker with a bias towards the wood engraving technique. I have a long standing admiration for this tradition and the many fine engravers it produced since Bewick’s time in the 1700’s.
I have just finished seven lovely years as the Studio Technician for the Yukon School of Visual Arts (Yukonsova.ca) where I supported our students, faculty and staff. Once in awhile I get to give a talk on print-making.
Lucky me! I had a resident art instructor living in my house while growing up, that being my father Ilgvars Steins. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1959 winning the Lieutenant General’s Award for excellence in drawing and painting. He enjoyed a very long and productive career. He left our world to take up residency beyond the sun – according to ancient Latvian belief – in November of 2011, on my birthday – ever the joker!
I attended a special 5 year course at a high school in Ottawa that prepared art students for the world of commercial art or college. It was a very cool program. I loved lettering class where we learned to draw perfect fonts by hand using French curves, lining tools, quills and India ink.
One instructor had a mantra that stuck with me; “Simplicity, unity and harmony are the elements of good design.”
Unlike my fellow students who went on to various art colleges I made a beeline to the world of commercial art beginning a career with a major ad agency in Toronto when I was 18.