Mirka Hokkanen
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Daisy Duck
Acrylic
16 x 29
$475
Huey, Dewey and Louie
Acrylic
16 x 20
$475
Rogue Squirrel
10 x 10
Acrylic
150
The Rainy Day
11 x 14
Acrylic
$200
Donald
Acrylic
24 x 18
$475
Wagtail with Berries
44/45
Wood Engraving
8" x 8"
$45
Polythemus Moth II
1/50
2 color hand wood engraving
3.5" x 3.5"
$40
Plythemus Moth
48/50
3.5" x 3.5"
Wood Engraving
$25
Warm Winter Bird
Wood Engraving and Watercolor
$39 unframed
Mr. Minty Fresh
2 color reduction linocut
7 x 10.25
$340
Quiet Winter
Wood Engraving
$125 Framed
Mr. Carpsey
Wood Engraving on Maple
$69
Labrador
Linocut
Morning Bath at Gabbard Park (Blue)
Limited Edition Etching
$70
I LIke Big Buckles and I Cannot Lie, 
Limited Edition Wood Engraving
$45
Siili II
3 color reduction limited edition wood engraving
$45
Animal Pyramid
4 framed pieces
Linocuts
$525 framed
$250 unframed
Animal Pyramid Racoon 
Detail
Animal Pyramid squirrel (Detail)
Animal Play Pyramid Mouse (Detail)
Bees in Bluebells
Limited Edition Wood Engraving
$45
Your Trash, Their Treasure
Limited Edition Reduction Linocut
$70
$180 Framed
The Bather 
Limited Edition Reduction Wood Engraving
$249
Buy One Dog, Get One Flea
Limited Edition Etching, Watercolor
3.5" x 3" printed size
$40
Cats
Limited Edition Wood Engraving
5 x 3 Print image
$47
Endangered Animals: Ardenner Chicken
$40
Faithful
LImited Edition Soft Ground Etching
7" x 9" Print image
$95
Lovechild
Limited Edition Wood Engraving
$40
Holstein
Limited Edition Etching, Chine Colle
6 x 8
$49
Mousie
LImited Edition Linocut
7 x 6 Print Image
$25
Pony for Christmas
Limited Edition Wood Engraving
3" x 4" print image
$40
To His Dog, Every Man Is Napoleon
Limited Edition Etching, Watercolor
4" x 4" Print Image
$40
Saddleback Cross Deluxe
Limited Edition Etching, Chine Cole
$55
Moonlight Gardners
Limited edition reduction linocut
$65
British Ass on Finish Ash
4" x 3.5"
Limited Edition Wood Engraving
$40
Jemma
Limited Edition 2 color Wood Engraving
4" x 8"
$80
Pegasus Navigating Through the Storms of Life
Limited Edition Wood Engraving
$45
Cowboys and Indians
Limited Edition Wood Engraving
$40
Winter Wren
Limited Edition Linocut
$35
Dive Bomber
Limited Edition Etching & watercolor
$35
Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Limited Edition Wood Engraving and Watercolor
$45
Mirka Hokkanen was born in 1979 in Finland.  Her favorite things growing up were found in the woods and in her grandmother's house which both continue to be a source of inspiration for her art.

Mirka moved the the U.S. in 1998 to attend Rockford College in Illinois (BFA 2002).  She received both Master of Arts (2004) and Master of Fine Arts (2006) degrees in printmaking from the University of Dallas, TX.

About the Work:

Carving and printing linocuts and wood engravings takes time and patience.  When I started in my printmaking class, I knew it was what I was supposed to do.  No matter how many obstacles I face while completing an edition, at the end of a studio day, I could not be happier.

I start by transferring my drawing onto a piece of linoleum or wood block.  I often finish the drawing with pencil shading directly on the block before reaching for my tools and carving in a wood or linoleum relief print, the uncut surface of the block will print the ink.  So I take my time and carve away all the white areas of the print.  This can usually take anywhere from one day to weeks depending on the size and detail of the image.

Once the block is ready to print, I measure it and tear large sheets of paper to smaller sizes leaving enough room to leave a nice white border around the print.

The block is then placed on a press, and ink mixed up.  Lots of measuring and adjusting takes place for the print and the paper to line up.  If color is used, often several proofs need to be pulled test for the right shade.

When everything is set, I hand ink each print separately before they are printed on the press.  The prints are then laid on a rack to dry for several days.  If successive colors are printed, a new block needs to be carved for each color.

Afte the ink is dry, I inspect each print for quality and the prints that are accepted into an edition are then titled, numbered and signed.  Each print is truly a labor of love.