Banana Trees, a new linoleum block print by Renee Zhang, has been chosen by The Woodstock School of Art as it’s 2019 Annual Print. The print, limited to an edition of 85, will be given to contributors of $125 or more to the nonprofit school.

Zhang says “Banana Trees is my first printmaking work based on an Asian subject. Although I started studying printmaking at the Woodstock School of Art almost twenty years ago, Asia somehow never made it into my previous prints. This linocut features the banana trees we see almost every year in the tropical south of Taiwan, where my husband’s family grow their own vegetable and fruit garden. We printed the edition on Asian mulberry paper, which is slightly textured and adds to the organic and flowing quality of the piece.”

Renee Zhang comes from an artist family and was always surrounded by art. Born in Beijing, China, she moved to the US as a child and grew up in Woodstock. The Woodstock School of Art has been an important part of her artistic education after college. Then, after years of working in marketing and starting a small business in Asia, she came back to the Hudson Valley area with her husband and young son. She rediscovered the joys of creating art and strives to draw or paint daily. Printmaking at the school again became an important part of her life. She is inspired by nature, and loves seeing the world through her son’s eyes. Her artwork, including printmaking, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor, can be found in various galleries and shows in the area.

See Past Annual Prints here