Some of John Hitchcock’s latest screenprints started, in a way, when he was very young.
His grandmother, a Comanche beadwork artist, would assign him to draw some shapes. Then she asked him to pay attention to how the shapes connect. Then, to draw some floral patterns, and to go outside and study a rose to draw it. Then think about how to transfer that drawing into beads.
“I was learning the whole process of observation, the process of thinking about things conceptually, and also the process of finding a voice,” said Hitchcock, an art professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.