Patrick Simon's linoleum block prints feature aquatic subjects and still-life themes. His editions are small, usually only 20-25 prints per edition, printed on100% archival paper.
Simon developed his technique studying with a master printer from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. The carved surface of the linoleum prints produces an image with unique clarity that distinguishes it from other printing media. The dimensional quality of the carved linoleum block, the vibrant color of the inks and the tactile nature of the prints is what intrigues him most with the linoleum printing process.
Much of the inspiration for Simon's oceanic imagery derives from the print-like "relief" quality of fossilized life forms found in shale deposits. Simon developed a fascination with these fossils while studying at The University and Natural History Museums in Laramie Wyoming.
Simon explains the most basic element of "relief" printing further below.