PRINTS - INFORMATION AND CARE
Prices - are quoted on the website with the images.
Shipping & Handling - U.S. Postal Service or UPS - $15 - One to several pieces.
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- phone: (415) 824-0471
What is a print? - A print is an image created with the use of a matrix. The matrix, such as carved linoleum or an etched metal plate, can be repeatedly inked and printed. A matrix can also be a silkscreen stencil or even digital information in a computer file. The important factor is the artist's full involvement in the design and creation process and in the printing process. Printing techniques can be complex with many variables. Because each linocut and etching image is inked and printed by hand, each image is unique and editions are limited. The number shown as a fraction next to the title on the print tells which print in the edition it is. Irises 8/20 for example is print number 8 in a total edition of 20 of Irises.
As a printmaker I often combine several techniques such as etching and embossing or hand coloring in a single print. Each print is different and I use whatever techniques are necessary to achieve the desired results. The entire printmaking process from original drawings and designs to creating the printing plates and pulling the prints is done by me alone.
- Linocuts: The plates for linocut prints are carefully carved out of linoleum with woodcutting knives. During this process if there is a slip of the knife, the design must be changed to compensate for the error or the whole print started over. Ink is applied to the surface of the linoleum plate with multiple rollers Plate and paper are then run through a hand operated press to yield a print. Due to the nature of this technique, linocut prints are often bold and colorful.
- Etchings: The etching is a print made from an image etched in acid onto a metal plate. Instead of rolling ink onto the surface as with linocuts, ink is rubbed into the etched areas and lines. It is then wiped away from surface unetched areas. The result is a fine lined, more detailed, pen and ink like image. Like the linocut, each print is individually hand inked and printed.
- Giclees: Giclee prints are works of art produced on high end ink-jet printers. They are individually printed on fine quality watercolor paper with long lasting inks (more durable than watercolor). The computer is an integral part of the creation process for me and I go back and forth between computer and worktable. The final matrix is a computer file. All work and printing is done by me alone and each piece is signed.
- Care: Ultra violet light causes fading and damage to prints and other artwork. Avoid placing prints where they receive any direct sunlight during the day. Using clear acrylic with UV protection when framing can be very helpful. Embossed prints are most enhanced if placed where there is side lighting to bring out the embossing. Avoid dampness and excess humidity if possible. Acid free matting is always a sound investment and will help protect the paper from spotting or color changes.