The rhythm of walking along a railroad track or pacing the white lines down the middle of a highway; counting spaces between the cars of a coal train; the steady work of weaving material by hand: over-under-over-under; the breathing of a small child as she sleeps in the bed handmade by my wife. I have discovered that my artwork is a metaphor for order: sometimes re-expressing order found in the landscape, a mechanical process, the rhythm of form and pattern, personal relationships, and life around me. - John Saurer
Though an important element in printmaking, the process of print editioning (a set of exactly duplicated images from a single print matrix) holds little interest for me. However, in this print series, a hot stylus was used to create each image and subsequent edition – each diminished through layers of paper. The subjects represent vulnerable historic (passing) cultural icons of Montana and the west – ponderosa pine, haystack, irrigators, buck-rail fence, and the family farm. Stunned by the local beauty, many of the subjects are derived from drawings and photographs roaming around Gallatin and neighboring counties.