Liv Rainey-Smith is an artist specializing in hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her imagery draws primarily upon historic styles, folklore, dreams, and esoteric traditions. Rainey-Smith’s woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking techniques. She pulls her own fine art prints in small editions on both paper and animal parchment.

Rainey-Smith completed her BFA at the Oregon College of Art of Craft in 2008. Two woodcut prints from her thesis, The Four Portlanders of the Apocalypse, may be glimpsed in Season 2, Episode 7 of Portlandia. Since graduation, she has worked full time as a woodcut printmaker in Portland, Oregon. In 2013 she took the business name Xylographilia (“Love of Woodcut”) to reflect her love of the art form. She was accepted as a professional member of Print Arts Northwest in 2010.

In addition to her self-directed work, she has also collaborated with Three Hands Press on a number of titles including Michael Howard’s Children of Cain, and most notably Robert Fitzgerald’s Arcanum Bestiarum for which she created over fifty original woodcuts.

In addition to being an affiliate of Three Hands Press, Rainey-Smith has contributed art to titles from Rubedo Press, PS Publishing, Chaosium, and Mercuria Press. She has served as the artist liaison of the annual Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, Washington. She is also a regular guest and contributor to the annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon, where she has competed in the Pickman’s Apprentice Live Art Competition. In lieu of drawing, she races to complete an original woodcut print based on an audience prompt within a ninety-minute deadline.


As an artist working in a medium which demands patience and foresight, I enjoy the challenge of tempering impulse with process. My approach to woodcut printmaking is an ever developing system of technical control and precision with space left for chance and chaos.


  • The Printmaker's Hand V, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
  • Icons & Oddities solo show, Gargoyle Statuary, Seattle, WA
  • Ars Necronomica: Dark Dreams in the Divine City, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
  • Love In Print, Bite Studio, Portland, OR
  • PAN Group Show, Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, WA
  • Ascent Through Descent, Mortlake and Company, Seattle, WA
  • Big Ink, Eugene, OR
  • The Printmaker's Hand IV, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
  • Darkest Winter solo show, Gargoyle Statuary, Seattle, WA
  • Witch-Ikon: Witchcraft in Art & Artifact, Mortlake & Company, Seattle, WA
  • I Put a Spell on You: Curses and Hexes Group Show, Hyaena Gallery, Burbank, CA
  • Ars Necronomica: Wonders of the Visible Weird, RISD, Providence, RI
  • The High Art of Hand-Pulled Printmaking, Collins Gallery, Multnomah County LibraryPortland, OR
  • Rosemary Cohen, Tara Murino-Brault, & Liv Rainey-Smith, Bite Studio, Portland, OR
  • Hope is a Thing with Feathers, Riversea Gallery, Astoria, OR
  • Honey & Venom, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Love & Monsters, Lovecraft Arts & Sciences, Providence, RI
  • Figurative Art Exhibition, Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR
  • Visionary Art by Print Arts Northwest, 510 Museum & ARTspace, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Prints from Bite Studio, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
  • Beasts of Lore: The Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford, OR
  • Solo show, Redux, Portland, OR
  • Esoteric Book Conference, Seattle, WA
  • Solo show, Gargoyles Statuary, Seattle, WA
  • Supernatural, Splendorporium, Portland, OR
  • World Horror Convention, Portland, OR
  • H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Portland, OR
  • First Friday Reception, Wells & Verne, Portland, OR
  • Dark Love: Sweet & Sanguine, Gargoyles Statuary, Seattle, WA
  • Love in Print, Bite Studio, Portland, OR
  • Curious Gallery, Portland, OR
  • Ars Necronomica, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
  • Xylographic Menagerie, Woodcut Prints by Liv Rainey-Smith, Gargoyles, Seattle, WA
  • From the Shadows of the Trees, I-G Creative, Philadelphia, PA
  • Myths, Marvels, & Magic, Splendorporium, Portland, OR
  • Printmaker's Hand II, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
  • MiniPrint Annual 2012, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Print Arts Northwest, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sacrilege, The Congregation Gallery, Hollywood, CA
  • Necropolis, The Congregation Gallery, Hollywood, CA
  • If We Shadows, Gallery 114, Portland OR
  • The Hunt, Hoffman Gallery, Portland OR
  • Art as Healing, 100th Monkey Gallery, Portland OR
  • Portland Love Show, Gallery Homeland, Portland OR
  • PAN members traveling show, various locations, OR
  • Liminal: the works of Chris Haberman & Liv Rainey-Smith, Pearl Gallery, Portland, OR
  • Print Arts Northwest New Member Show, Portland, Oregon
  • Black & White Group Show, North Bank Artists Gallery, Vancouver, WA
  • Menagerie Show, Errata Gallery, Portland, OR
  • Portland City Art's Rainy Day Wildfire Show, Olympic Mills Center, Portland, OR
  • Launch Pad Gallery's Fifth Annual Portland Love Show, Olympic Mills Center, Portland, OR
  • 20cmMax, OT Gallery, 150 E. Main, Tustin, CA
  • The Printmakers Hand, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA


  • Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories, Chaosium, Nate Pedersen editor
  • Amabie, Mercuria Press, Zack Davisson author
  • Dark Magic: H.P. Lovecraft Starry Wisdom and the Contagion of Fear, Three Hands Press, Johnny Decker Miller authord
  • The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird chapbook
  • Clavis: Journal of the Art Magical, Vol. 4
  • A Rose Veiled in Black, Three Hands Press, Robert Fitzgerald & Daniel A. Schulke editors
  • She Walks in Shadows, Innsmouth Free Press, Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Paula Stiles editors
  • Verdant Gnosis, Rubedo Press, Catamara Rosarium & Jenn Zahrt editors
  • Dreams in the Witch House, Arkham Bazaar
  • The Starry Wisdom Library, PS Publishing, Nate Pedersen editor
  • Arcanum Bestiarum, Three Hands Press, Robert Fitzgerald author
  • Children of Cain, Three Hands Press, Michael Howard author
  • SilKMilK Issue #4

Professional Associations


  • 2008, BFA, Oregon College of Art and Craft
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