Date: 2019
Edition: 8
Proofs: 1
Size: 36″x24″ (excluding margins)


The Peregrine Falcon, one of my favorite birds of prey, inspired this piece. The subject’s tufted eyebrows, contrasted by piercing eyes and distinctive cheek markings, add a hint of humor to an otherwise deadly avian personality. Holding the title “earth’s fastest animal” should give the Peregrine quite an ego! Playing around with this idea leads me to a tightly cropped composition in which the subject’s head is so gigantic it blots out the sun. Like many other images, this piece was executed as an ink drawing and then meticulously carved as a woodblock.


Lyell Castonguay designed, carved, and printed this original artwork. Ink is applied to a carved wooden block and hand-pressed onto Thai Mulberry paper. Multiple carved blocks layer colors, resulting in a dramatic effect. The artist signed, titled, and numbered the edition in pencil below the image.

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