Artist Rich Schenk of Watermill Prints creates beautiful artwork often inspired by nature…and our own city of Scranton! He captures the quiet scenes that are often overlooked and also works in intricate block printing. We can’t wait to see his work up close at Arts on the Square!
Tell us a little about yourself as an artist.
My name is Rich Schenk. I have a background in Art Education and am currently working as a substitute teacher for the Scranton school district. My favorite mediums to work in are watercolors, block printing, and pastels. I do fall back on acrylic paint at times due to it being very forgiving.
What types of work will you be featuring at AOTS?
I’ll be featuring watercolor prints as well as a limited stock of block prints for this summer’s AOTS.
Do you offer custom work?
I have only done one custom piece and am open to taking orders.
Do you have a favorite piece and why?
My favorite piece would have to be the 11×30″ woodblock titled “Babel v2.0”. It features a large serpent wrapped around a group of skyscrapers extending out into space. The carving alone took a few days to finish.
What is the inspiration for your work?
I take a lot of inspiration from nature. I love walking Lake Scranton or Ricketts Glen and taking pictures of areas and compositions that are easily overlooked.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Sometimes finding the motivation to do art is tough, especially with a busy schedule or multiple jobs. Sometimes you need to force yourself to start a piece and see what happens!
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