Nate’s work is grounded in the tradition of gyotaku, or Japanese fish printing, and draws upon traditional and experimental subjects and printmaking techniques. Nate is interested in capturing the flora and fauna of his home state of Maine with this unique artform while also building upon and stretching the bounds of classical gyotaku to include other nontraditional subject matter.
Nate’s objective is to help the viewer connect with his artistic subjects in a personal way. Gyotaku provides both a stimulant – the subject – and a blank slate on which the viewer “paints” their own experience and memories. Stripped of environmental cues, the viewer gets to read their own experience into the subject.
Nate is a sought-after artist, presenter and instructor. In 2019 he taught several courses for an international printers’ conference held at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. He has been asked to teach again at the next conference in 2022 at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park.
When not printing Nate and his wife can be found exploring the waters of Casco Bay or the neighborhoods around their home in South Portland, Maine.