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Nine Lives
Serigraph (unframed/no mat)
Image size 11 inches W x 14 inches H

Lily, one of my cats, inspired this print. She has large, expressive eyes – but somehow, she also ended up with wings and fishtail fins once I started creating the image! The tails wanted to dance across the paper until there were eight to add to Lily’s. I don’t know which life she is on, but I hope she spends a lot longer as part of our family.

Printed on white Rives BFK paper, this screen print (serigraph) image is 11×14 inches portrait format and is hand pulled and signed by the artist. It is a limited edition of three prints. I chose a palette of colors, including a vibrant aqua, to make the print feel whimsical and fun. It’s fitting that one of the prints hangs in the bedroom where Lily enjoys afternoon naps.

Open to Interpretation
Serigraph (unframed/no mat)
12 inches W x 12 inches H

What do you see in this print? Layers and shapes suggest many things …or nothing. It’s all open to the interpretation of the observer. I enjoyed freeing myself from producing an image that had to look like something or from staying with a comfortable, familiar color palette. The 12 x 12-inch square format, like an album cover, provides a fun design challenge. The image is centered on beige 18 x 18-inch square Rives BFK paper. It is a hand pulled monoprint signed by the artist and sold as a print only (no mat, no frame).


Eileen Towata is a printmaker, living and working in Kailua, Hawai’i. Educated as a biologist, she moved to Hawai’i to pursue and complete a Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Hawai’i. In 2014 she reignited an early interest in printmaking that was first stoked by an inspiring high school art teacher. She resumed her training in art through local adult education classes in drawing and painting before transitioning to print and other art classes at several local community college campuses, as well as the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Most recently, she attended an intensive workshop on mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock). She has also studied with a well-known paper artist and learned to produce handmade paper – often incorporated into her work. Eileen now produces original prints through serigraph, relief, intaglio and monoprint processes. As a printmaker, she wants her work to bring a sense of calmness, whimsy, or curiosity to the observer and enjoys experimenting with techniques, substrates and color.

Eileen is a member of the Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu Museum of Art, and a board member (education co-chair) of the Windward Artists Guild. Her work has been on display through Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Hawai’i Island Art Alliance, Windward Artists Guild, Windward Community College, and other organizations/venues, as well as appearing in local, domestic, and international private collections.