Etching Mixed Media Sonoma County
In the early 90s I stumbled upon my passion, printmaking. On a whim andneeding three more college credits, I added Beginning Etching to my
class schedule taught by renowned print maker Kevin Fletcher, who later became my mentor and very dear friend.
I was amazed to find that you could make art by just taking a copper,zinc or most any other metal or flat material, to print multiple copies of your artwork. It was like a light bulb went off in my head, I always loved working with my hands, building cars (VWs), furniture, sculptures, and just figuring out how things work in general.
Professionally, I made a career in graphic design and sign making. I found that this worked hand in hand with my artistic passion,printmaking and I started to incorporating sign making techniques into my art to develop print making techniques that I believe are new to the printmaking community.
Using a computer and sign making tools & materials, I can make more accurate and precise images, which I can then transfer to my etching plates. Being able to find a correlation between my profession and my art has been a revelation and a pleasant surprise. Recently, I incorporated these techniques into my painting. I never dreamed that my skills as a sign maker would serve as a catalyst for my artistic
I sincerely hope you find joy viewing what I have created, as I found much joy in creating it. Erik Paul
Santa Rosa Junior College
AA Degree in fine Arts And Graphic Design
AS Degree in Computer Science
Over 20 years in the graphic design and sign industry
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