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Etching is a multi-step process, very tactile and physical and requires a good bit of organisation but equally, it is as near to magic as you can get; the anticipation as you wait to see a print that is slowly coming through the press would be difficult to surpass.
I encountered etching for the first time as part of a part-time degree course at the Edinburgh College of Art and for the lover of line and tone, as I am, I discovered it offers unlimited scope for experimentation and expression. As a long time fan and now a resident of the Scottish Borders, I find the medium suits the gently rolling countryside and the ancient townscapes perfectly. The prints have a very appealing traditional and serene quality to them which, to me, is in complete harmony with the character of the area.
Equally however, the drafting like quality of an etching can be very effective for urban landscapes and I have found the soft quality of drypoint etching especially appealing for small images from nature.
Working at the Printmakers Gallery in Edinburgh, I use three different etching techniques, traditional etching, drypoint etching and photoetching and have examples of each on show in this exhibition.
I take commissions and have produced prints of both town and landscapes.