The Artist and the Wet Dogs
A native of the ruggedly beautiful northern New England, award-winning printmaker Hannah Phelps’ relief prints are the result of a continuous exploration of the world outside her window and the forces at work there. With either watercolor and a wooden spoon or oil ink and an etching press, she creates seascape and landscape prints using plein air paintings as inspiration and reference.
Among other exhibits over the years, Hannah was invited to participate in the “Average Path Length” print collection, which traveled around the United States. In the fall of 2012, her jigsaw reduction relief print, Private Wave, was juried into the prestigious 74th American Color Print Society Annual Fall Exhibit. The previous summer, her white-line woodcut, Calm Day at Fort Stark, won first prize in the National Small Works Exhibit, earning her a solo exhibition in summer 2012 at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Silver Spring, MD.
In 2015, Hannah became a Juried Member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and her jigsaw reduction woodblock print, Turbulence on Appledore, won the Gorst Print Award in the Living with Craft Exhibit at the Annual Fair at Mount Sunapee that summer. In 2019, her jigsaw prints, Winter Birch and Winter Shadows, won the Robbins-Waters Libby Print Award for Best in Printmaking at the Art, Craft and Design exhibit.
When Hannah is not painting on the coast of New England, you can find her printmaking at the Wet Dog Press Studio in New Boston, NH.
The Wet Dog Story
Measure and Coast, the current studio assistants
Ruckus, a golden retriever, was Hannah’s older brother. In fact, her mother referred to him as her first born.
Eventually, there were other dogs and they would follow Hannah around, steal her toys, play with her, listen to her or just sit quietly with her. They used to walk for hours in the undeveloped lands surrounding her childhood home in Maine. These dogs, golden retrievers and black Labradors, were her constant friends.
After a brief, dogless period in college, Hannah adopted a golden puppy and together they would visit the New Hampshire coast and her retriever “siblings” every summer.
Many of the dogs in these paintings are gone now, but there are two studio assistants, Coast and Measure, who inspire new work and new soggy adventures.