BILL SORTINO

ETCHING PRINTS

An etching is really distinguished from other printmaking methods in several distinctive ways; how the plate is "drawn on", inked and printed. Scratches, lines and other indentations or grounds are filled with ink, and then the surface of the plate, usually either copper or zinc, is wiped clean with a rag. The plate and paper are then run through a press using considerable pressure. This forces the pre-dampened paper into the indentations on the plate and creating the image on the paper. This process is called "Intaglio" printing and has not really changed since the first press was invented.

I began making etchings in 1988. Printmaking was an interest to me since I had spent so much time with the photographic process in the seventies and early eighties. At first, I only worked in black and white and then began to make color etchings, which have been my interest since.

As you will see, as I began to explore the effects of space and planes in my paintings, I began to follow that interest with multiple plate etchings.

I use copper plates and either scratch directly on the plate or use what is known as hard or soft grounds and then imerse the plates in acid to "bite" the plate for various lengths of time until the image appears satisfactary to me. It is a patient process.

If you are interested in seeing the etchings of other Santa Fe artists,
they, along with myself are in the book:
100 Santa Fe Etchers
Robert Bell
Santa Fe, NM
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Still Life 1
8" x 10"
$150

My first etching!

 

 

Still Life With Press
8 " X 5 "
$150

 

 

Bottles and Fruit
9 " x 9 "
$150

 

 

Still Life with Candle
5" x 8"
$150

 

 

Pear and Banana
7 " X 9 "
$150

 

 

Still Life with Drape
8 " x 6 "
$150

 

 

Behind Gormley's
8 " x 6"
$150

 

 

Nine Mile Road
5 " x 6 "
$150

 

 

Full Moon
10" x 8"
$150

 

 

Sunrise
10 " X 8 "
$150

 

 

Near Los Alamos
8 " x 6 "
$150

 

 

Nine Mile Ranch
4 " x 7 "
$150

 

 

Nude 1
9" x 9"
$150

 

 

Nude 2
6 " X 5 "
$150

 

 

Kitchen
8 " x 6 "
$150