The idea of making woodblock print images of all the lighthouses in British Columbia came to Graham Scholes while visiting Race Rocks lighthouse, located in the Juan de Fuca straights off Victoria. Having spent 25 years working with transparent watercolours, the traditional Japanese technique of Moka Hanga came naturally to him. With the cooperation of the Canadian Coast Guard, Scholes visited each lighthouse station and gathered reference material that enabled the creation of these prints. Each print employs as many as seventeen hand carved basswood blocks, and between eight to twenty-five colours are printed on Hosho paper. It has taken Scholes eight years to complete the images seen in this exhibition, but it will still take several years to finish printing the full edition of each image.
Graham Scholes is the author of Watercolour and How, and is currently working on a book documenting the lighthouse project of woodblock prints that will include a section of how to make a print in the traditional Japanese technique.