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. 

John Saurer

Aspen

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0026

John Saurer

Aeromotor

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0004

John Saurer

Barbed Wire Pines

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0028

John Saurer

Hay Bales II

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0030

John Saurer

Spruce Hill

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0023

John Saurer

Spruce and Ponderosa

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0025

John Saurer

Cattle Barn II

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0027

John Saurer

Hyalite Pines

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0029

John Saurer

Bohart Trees

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0031

John Saurer

Windbreak

Branded Paper Drawing, Thai Mulberry Paper

30" x 22"

CJS0024