Copper Etchings

 
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The beautiful diverse world of plants... 

has lead me to create an ongoing series of copper etchings of unusual plants  – orchids, vines, trees, rare flowers. Each image represents a personal involvement with the subject, whether observed in the wild or cultivated in my garden.

The process of copper etching involves the traditional technique of ‘needling’ my sketch onto a prepared ground on a copper plate which is then immersed in an acid bath. The acid etches my lines into the copper and the process is repeated several times to add additional detail and tone. The plate is then cleaned and ink is hand rubbed into the etched lines. Damp paper is placed on the inked plate and run through the press under great pressure so the ink is pulled out of the lines directly onto the paper. A few select prints are individually hand-colored with watercolor. Editions are limited and small, numbered and signed. Prints are archivally matted and ready for framing. Please contact me for prices and availability.