In 1963 I moved to a small hill farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and began teaching in one of Vermont’s last one-room schools, grades one through eight. Using my Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking, I decorated the schoolhouse walls with alphabet prints of images of the countryside and the natural world of those who farm the land.
These first wall decorations for children were the beginning of my life as an artist. In 1968, I started Farmhouse Press to craft woodcuts that reflect my daily life of farm, kitchen, and garden that are part of a vanishing world.
Each woodcut begins with a smooth block of wood and an idea. I first draw on the block and then use various sharp tools to cut textures and depths that bring the image to life. Because the printing process reverses what is drawn on the block, I must work carefully and create many test prints to achieve a finished woodblock. Some prints are created for black and white; others are painted to add color, light, and shade.
When you order a print, I will handprint and hand paint your art to create a unique piece that may vary slightly from what you see on this website. Please allow two weeks to receive your order (I can usually honor a request for a “rush” order). ~Mary Azarian
Mary's woodcutting tools
Mary's Vandercook press
In addition to producing prints and note cards, Mary has illustrated more than fifty books and is a Caldecott Medalist for her work in Snowflake Bentley (be sure to visit the Books page!).