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Paul Gentry (1954-)

Paul Gentry was born in Decatur, Illinois and studied painting and drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago. After painting for thirty years he found his true artistic passion in printmaking and has since concentrated on the medium of wood engraving of which he is mostly self-taught. His inspiration comes from Depression Era wood engravers like Asa Cheffetz, Thomas Nason and J.J. Lankes. Though his main focus is depicting the rural landscape surrounding his home and studio in Independence, Oregon he also enjoys venturing into urban environments for different imagery. His wood engravings are mostly printed by hand using a flat bamboo rice spoon on handmade, natural colored Kitikata paper. He has exhibited extensively and memberships include the Northwest Prints Council and the Wood Engravers Network.