The Arts & Crafts printmakers of the early 20th century have had a strong artistic influence on me. Although I've developed my own unique approach to this old medium, which incorporates contemporary tools toward a similar end, I owe these kindred souls a good deal. From them I learned not how to do it, but the essentials of how it should be done.
Gustave Baumann is the master of the multi-color woodblock medium, and my strongest influence. His mastery of color, and the sense of joie de vivre that his prints evoke, are primary qualities that I'm after in my own work.
Arthur Rigden Read (British)
The woodblock print scene was equally vibrant in England and the U.S. during the heydey of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Often, the artists worked in obscurity, as with A. Rigden Read, and their biographical information has been largely lost. Their prints, like this gem, continue to shine.
Gardiner is another strong influence... I love her images of children at play.
Like most on this list, Bebb was self-taught. A florist by trade, he didn't take up the medium (aquatint etchings) until his mid-50's. He was still making prints through his mid-80's.
Walter J. Phillips (Canadian)
Another giant, Phillips worked more in the Japanese method (moku hanga), which produces softer, watercolor like woodblock prints.
Berry was a fellow Mainer. He worked mostly in black and white woodblock prints, but also did some nice color linocuts (linoleum). His work is a generous chronicle of mid-coast Maine in the mid-20th century.