Etchings

Etching allows for artistic interpretation of a photograph. These hand-printed archival images distill the moment while adding nuance - giving the image a timeless quality. 

 

I start with a photograph I have taken then transfer the image to a solar etching plate. The process of inking and wiping the plate allows me to add atmosphere to the image, for example, I might make the sky darker or highlights brighter. I then create the print by rolling the plate and the paper through a press that applies about 10,000 lbs of pressure. 

 

Each print is unique, because the application and wiping of the ink is different every time. Each is a new expression of the image.

 

My etchings are printed with Charbonnel etching inks on Hahnemühle paper – ensuring archival quality.  The prints are signed on front, with image information on back.

 

To order prints 

Handmade Prints

Denver Arts Week
CBS CH4

Making a print demo

Monday Night Special
Westen Landscape with Hotel
Truckin'
Like the Rain
CO-TF1 Hoke
Alhambra
Spanish Ladies
Like The Rain

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Spanish Ladies

Solar etching print on archival 90lb. paper Avila, Spain