My name is Tony Kulik. I live in Belfast, Maine, in a house overlooking Belfast Harbor which my wife, Elaine Tucker, and I built and hope to someday finish.
I have made my living as a wood engraver for the past 16 years. During that time I have engraved more than two hundred blocks, completed over fifty commissions, participated in numerous group and one person exhibits and sold more than ten thousand prints.
I am currently represented by four galleries here in Maine including one, Engraven Images, which I own. In addition I sell my work at a number of art and craft shows and on the internet.
I am self taught as an engraver. I did attend art school for a brief period in the late 60's but, as near as I can tell it has had little effect on my work. I began quite accidentally when, through an etcher friend, found myself in proximity to a press and a few engraving tools. I made myself some blocks, cut some prints, fell in love with the process, quit my job and have been engraving ever since.
Philosophically I consider myself more a craftsperson than an artist because the medium is dearer to me than the message. My inspirations come primarily from nature and the world around me, and I work on anything that catches my fancy at the moment.
The view from my studio