Paige Dirksen is a printmaker and artist residing in Bella Vista, AR, where she lives with her husband and two children. She grew up in Iowa and earned a BA in Studio Art/Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Paige primarily works with woodcuts and other forms of printmaking, but enjoys exploring different media as well.
I am confident in my conviction that art is a fundamental and successful tool for self-discovery and achievement. I view this creative process as an essential part of my life. As I work on my own art, I am constantly thinking about the psychological aspects of the creative process and the ways in which creating with our hands can be very life-enhancing. Printmaking, particularly woodcuts, has always been very meditative for me and my recent body of work has proven to be the perfect process for my own style of working. I enjoy every step of these pieces - from learning about and taking photographs of the plants, to finding the right composition, to carving the wood, then what is probably the most satisfying of any of the steps - printing.