William Hays Linocut Block Prints
Click here to view a larger picture Vermont artist William Hays has been creating beautiful works of art for more than 40 years. He began painting in watercolors as a teenager and eventually ended up with a degree in sculpture from the University of Alaska in Anchorage. After moving to Vermont from Alaska in 1987, he concentrated on painting in oils. His works in linocut block prints began in 2007 with the encouragement of his late wife, Patricia. Since 2012 Hays has concentrated exclusively on block print making.

Hays' work is frequently included in juried exhibitions regionally and nationally where he has been singled out for recognition. His artworks grace the walls of private collectors in more than a dozen countries around the world. His linocut block prints are exhibited in fine art galleries in the United States and online.

Hays says: "Landscape is the foundation of my inspiration. I often work more from memory or an impression than from a particular place. The compositions are the framework on which I hang a sequence of layered colors in rhythmic patterns to create a mood and a harmonious image. Using both reduction printing techniques and multiple blocks allows me a level of complexity that suits my drive to create artworks which evoke my imaginings, my experiences, my creations."

Hays linocut block prints are included in the Permanent Collections of the Boston Athenaeum, Syracuse University Art Galleries, the State of Vermont and the Vermont Supreme Court.

Hays juried exhibitions list in linocut block prints preceded by his paintings in oil is quite long. Prior to doing linocut block prints, he also did Solo Exhibitions of his oil paintings. And Hays has participated in Invitational and Group Exhibitions with his linocut block prints preceded with his oil paintings. Hays also writes and has authored articles in select publications. Hays work is also available at leading Art Galleries throughout New England, the East Coast including New York and Galleries in Minnesota and Michigan.

Here is our selection of Hays linocut block prints. Descriptions are in quotes since they are the comments of the artist.

Hays titles, numbers and signs his prints on the front bottom and dates the print on the back.

To order any of Hays linocut block prints shown below, please scroll down to the individual order lines below the 10 prints described.


"Acadian Moon"

"This print addresses one of the finest landscapes in America, Acadia National Park in Maine. I've been there several times and it never disappoints. The starting point for this print is from a trip I took in 2012. It took me five years to get settled on what I wanted to do and this print is one with which I am very pleased." This print was honored with the 2018 Gorst Printmaking Award at the 85th Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair.
Four color linocut print with watercolor on Stonehenge paper, 11" x 17" image size, Limited Edition of 100 printed with oil-based ink.

"Autumn Field"

"Vermont, my home, is a beautiful place. In most parts of the state there are heavily forested mountains which roll off into the distance in diminishing shades of greens and blues. This image was borrowed from an oil painting of the same name which I did some eight years before this print. The painting took nearly a year of off-and-on work. The print took nearly two months of steady work. It was a complicated print to execute. Although I describe it as a 10-color print, that is really the number of impressions on press. There are many more colors than 10."
Ten color linocut print on Stonehenge paper, 12" x 9" image size Limited Edition of 100, printed with oil-based ink.

"Coastline Nocturne"

"Inspired by the coast of Maine and Nova Scotia, this nocturne was my attempt to capture the experience of a still, starlit night on the coast of North America."
Five color linocut print on Stonehenge paper, 9" x 12" image size, Limited Edition of 100 printed with oil-based ink.

"Evensong"

"Every morning I take my dog for a long walk beside the Connecticut River in Vermont. In winter it can be quite still and lovely. As the sun begins to rise over the mountains the sky can gradually become a beautiful spectrum of colors against which the trees are silhouetted. One morning there was an owl that took its place there and inspired this image. An open lead of water in the iced-over river provides a distant dash of color in the muted tones of the winter dawn. There were four separate impressions made to construct the print but the first impression alone has four colors in it."
Four color linocut print on Stonehenge paper, 9" x 12" image size, Limited Edition of 44 printed with oil-based ink.

"Glorious Day"

"Glorious Day" started with a spectacular day hiking in the Cascades of Northwest Washington State with my brother. Both of us are very familiar with spectacular mountain landscapes after many years in Alaska. But we agreed that 'it doesn't get any better than this' The mountain depicted is Mt. Shuksan, near Mt. Baker. In all, this print took a month to complete and capture as much what I felt as what I saw."
Eleven color linocut print on Stonehenge paper, 12" x 9" image size, Limited Edition of 100 printed with oil-based ink.

"Kissed By The Sun"

"The heavy atmosphere of a summer evening is the inspiration for this linocut print."
Six color linocut print on Stonehenge paper, 9" x 12" image size, Limited Edition of 100 printed with oil-based ink.

"Solitude"

"Titling my prints is sometimes difficult. Not with this one. It seemed to say it all. In October of 2014 I went up into the mountains near Stowe, Vermont and hiked around several different waterfalls over the course of a couple of days. They are wonderful things and have the same captivating quality that a campfire holds over us in the night. The sound, I can never put into my prints. But the rhythms of the falling water are a lovely challenge in the medium of relief printing."
Nine color linocut print with watercolor on Stonehenge paper, 5" x 7" image size, Limited Edition of 100 printed with oil-based ink.

"Summer Falls"

"Summer Falls" is part of a long series of images I've done in both oil paintings and linocut prints. Like everyone, I love waterfalls. In Vermont swimming holes are frequent companions of waterfalls. This one is on Stratton Mountain and is known as Pike's Falls. It's one of those places that if you know where it is, it's easy to find. If you don't know where it is, you'll never find it. I did pencil sketches there one day and I've been using them as the basis for images for two decades."
Thirteen color linocut print on Stonehenge paper, 5" x 7" image size, Limited Edition of 100 printed with oil-based ink.

"Sunshine Snowfall"

"The challenge of addressing the unusual condition of snow falling in bright sunlight is something I've not attempted before. This composition is inspired by the view of my back yard from my bedroom window while reading the newspaper in the morning sun.
Five color linocut print on Stonehenge paper, 9" x 12" image size, Limited Edition of 100 printed with oil-based ink.

"Twilight Village"

"The Connecticut River runs through my hometown in Vermont, freezing over each winter. The last glow of the day offers a range of possibilities which differs each evening. My choice of the yellow-green for the sky was influenced by the New England artist, Maxfield Parrish who lived just north of my home. The bluffs which border the river on the Vermont side offer views over the frozen ribbon and down onto the town of Brattleboro and many others along its course.
Five color linocut print on Stonehenge paper, 9" x 12" image size, Limited Edition of 100 printed with oil-based ink.
 

Picture Name  Size   Quantity  Price   Additional
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Acadian Moon
block print
 14" x 11" $425.00  ---
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Acadian Moon
block print matted & framed
See Autumn Field below
 26" x 20" $525.00  ---
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Autumn Field
block print
 9" x 12" $325.00  ---
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Autumn Field
block print matted & framed
 18" x 22" $450.00  ---
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Coastal Nocturne
block print
 12" x 9" $325.00  ---
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Coastal Nocturne
block print matted & framed
See Sunshine Snowfall below
 22" x 18" $450.00  ---
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Evensong
block print
 12" x 9" $325.00  ---
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Evensong
block print matted & framed
See Sunshine Snowfall below
 22" x 18" $450.00  ---
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Glorious Day
block print
 9" x 12" $325.00  ---
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Glorious Day
block print matted & framed
See Autumn Field above
 18" x 22" $450.00  ---
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Kissed by the Sun
block print
 9" x 12" $325.00  ---
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Kissed by the Sun
block print matted & framed
See Sunshine Snowfall below
 22" x 18" $450.00  ---
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Solitude
block print
 7" x 5" $175.00  ---
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Solitude
block print matted & framed
See Sunshine Snowfall below
 16" x 13" $250.00  ---
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Summer Falls
block print
 7" x 5" $175.00  ---
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Summer Falls
block print matted & framed
See Sunshine Snowfall below
 16" x 13" $250.00  ---
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Sunshine Snowfall
block print
 12" x 9" $325.00  ---
NEW
Sunshine Snowfall
block print matted & framed
 22" x 18" $450.00  ---
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Twilight Village
block print
 12" x 9" $325.00  ---
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Twilight Village
block print matted & framed
See Sunshine Snowfall above
 22" x 18" $450.00  ---
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