I also wanted to work directly with wood. Many of the paintings are on panel, but not just painted. I used plywood so I could carve into it and peel away layers to get the textures and depths I wanted to work with.
For the prints I incorporated wood veneer and paper chunks into the printing process, layering it on using Chine-collé technique. I did this to create a sense of wandering in a thicket.
I have always had ambivalent feelings about the woods. I find them scary but am drawn to wandering into them.