Photopolymer - hand coloured
28 x 38 cm
In this work, I try to convey not just the beauty of the rose but also its life as a living organisim with a strong sense of purpose - attracting bees to make more roses.
I am drawn to landscape, especially seascapes and places where I swim. I love the silhouettes of leafless branches against the sky and closeups of flowers that reveal their inner life not just their external beauty. I am powerfully attracted to the colour blue. Apart from printmaking I am a keen photographer, and my work is usually based on a photographic image which is then extensively altered digitally to convey a particular mood. This is then printed onto a transparency to which I add hand drawn elements. The final image is etched into a photopolymer plate using the non-toxic methods of ultraviolet light and water. The plate is inked by hand, placed under archival quality paper, and run through an etching press. I sometimes add areas of hand colouring to achieve particular effects.
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