BILL SORTINO

ETCHING PRINTS
2000-2010

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
www.Amazon.com

 

 

 

Collected
13 " X 9 "
4 Color
$200

 

 

One Road Straight Ahead
12 " x 12 "
3 Color
$200

 

 

7 Ball Corner Pocket
13 " X 16 "
4 Color
$250

 

 

Just Try
7" x 5"
3 Color
$175

 

 

Your Self
6 " X 4 "
3 Color
$175

 

 

Inconclusive
8 " x 8 "
4 Color
$175