Twibell returned from the Peace Corps in 1970 and became acquainted with knowledge of gyotaku, and was excited about printing and teaching his techniques with others. He became a founder of the Nature Printing Society, and began teaching gyotaku in 1974.

Through this participation in the formation of the Nature Printing Society, he was selected to exhibit with fellow printers in a 4-year national touring exhibit by the Smithsonian Institute. The tour was called “Pressed on Paper”: his print was chosen to be the poster representation of the exhibit, which toured the U.S. and Australia from 1981 until 1985.

Twibell believes “There is no limit to what you can do, this is a process of capturing a natural image.” His biggest print yet is of a Sperm Whale’s tail. The tail is 14 feet wide and 7 feet high and is on view at Humboldt State University’s Natural History Museum in Arcata, CA.

Twibell has won many honors for his work, and is well respected for his direct printing method. His specialty is making the prints look just like the fish does in real life. He does this by applying the oil base inks onto the surface of the fish to transfer the image. Twibell say’s “I want to capture the image as precisely and colorfully as possible.”

Bill Twibell currently has artwork in galleries, Natural History Museums, retail stores, personal homes and restaurants located throughout California, Hawaii and Arizona.

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