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Fins and Nets III
Print (linocut) (1/1)

This print was made using a relief process.  Linoleum (printmaking quality) was carved to form the design, inked with block printing ink and then repeatedly applied to the paper.   The fish were carved on a different piece of linoleum and printed on a separate piece of paper, later affixed to the print.  I did some found object stamping to create the “nets”. It is a one-of-a-kind print (1/1), created entirely by hand.

I chose calming colors of predominantly blues, teal, purple.  The metallic silver suggested reflections of the ocean water.  I hope my little fish duo is able to escape the perils of nets, my wish for all creatures in the ocean. With its mat, this will fit a 16 x 20 inch frame.

12” w x 12” h image
Serigraph (1/1)

This print was made using the screen-printing process. It is a one-of-a-kind print (1/1), printed entirely by hand.
I started experimenting with colors outside of my usual preferred palette of greens and blues about the time we
were experiencing the uncertainty of pandemic shutdowns (the first round). I was grateful to ensconce myself in the
safety and seclusion of my studio, and with no pressure to produce an exhibit-worthy piece (because there were no
exhibits happening then!), I felt the freedom to play with colors and shapes. I think the piece has a bit of an apocalyptic feel – a “mutant” creature of some sort? An eerie orange glow? Mysterious particles? Could those be COVID particles magnified beyond belief in my mind? Maybe it was just being able to sit back and observe the world from afar….

Ten Miles Later
11” w x 14” h image
Serigraph w/chine collé (1/1)
Local pick up only $100 (includes white mat)

Starkness of landscape is represented in simplicity of this print. The roughness of the environment is reflected in the
irregular edges and unusual texture of the hand-made paper affixed to the right side. This is paper I made from flax fibers.

Three black thread strands help to define the road that goes on for miles and miles…. This is a hand-pulled screen-print, 1 of 1 (1/1). This is the logical companion print to “Trio”, but it can also stand alone. With its 16 x 20 inch mat, it fits a 16 x 20 inch frame.

11” w x 14” h image
Serigraph w/chine collé (1/1)
Local pick up only $100 (includes white mat)

I have come to appreciate the beauty of the landscape that is not green or lush. This print was made using the screen-printing process, with some additional little printing tricks. It is a one-of-a-kind hand-pulled print (1 of 1 or 1/1).
Along with its companion print (Ten Miles Later), I was inspired by New Mexico. Mountains, clouds, roads that go on and on with little traffic or much other than the stark vegetation…. The spine-like paper shape is a not-so-subtle nod to the artist (O’Keeffe) who helped elevate New Mexico to the status of art/artists’ destination – she often included bones in her paintings. I also made a connection to the Big Island when creating this piece, especially thinking of the fiery colors of the landscape during volcanic eruptions. With its mat, this fits a 16 x 20 inch frame.


Eileen Towata is a printmaker, living and working in Kailua, Hawai’i. Educated as a biologist, she moved to Hawai’i to pursue and complete a Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Hawai’i. In 2014 she reignited an early interest in printmaking that was first stoked by an inspiring high school art teacher. She resumed her training in art through local adult education classes in drawing and painting before transitioning to print and other art classes at several local community college campuses, as well as the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Most recently, she attended an intensive workshop on mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock). She has also studied with a well-known paper artist and learned to produce handmade paper – often incorporated into her work. Eileen now produces original prints through serigraph, relief, intaglio and monoprint processes. As a printmaker, she wants her work to bring a sense of calmness, whimsy, or curiosity to the observer and enjoys experimenting with techniques, substrates and color.

Eileen is a member of the Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu Museum of Art, and a board member (education co-chair) of the Windward Artists Guild. Her work has been on display through Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Hawai’i Island Art Alliance, Windward Artists Guild, Windward Community College, and other organizations/venues, as well as appearing in local, domestic, and international private collections.