Having become fascinated with rock legend Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame and also a solo artist) and his use of inkjet printers (originally the IRIS printers, but more recently the Epson wide-format printers) to produce fine art prints known as Giclee, it has become my vision to digitally produce works of art from my own photographs and to print them on fine art papers.
Digital computer art is a fairly new medium for artistic expression. The traditional brushes, paint palettes, and easels are traded in for digital tools. The desk transforms into an easel and the computer becomes the canvas upon which to paint. Whereas the traditional artist often uses a photograph as a starting point of creation, so does the digital artist. A simple photograph becomes a masterpiece of expression as seen through the artist's eyes.
The finished piece is hardly just a random trick or two performed by any graphics program, but often may contain up to 20 layers of "painting" and imagination, and may take a month or two to complete.
The artwork is printed on Hawk Mountain Osprey Velvet, Hawk Mountain Merlin, or Hahnemuhle Photo Rag fine art papers using the Epson 2200 printer. These papers are made from 100% cotton and have a very different look and feel than traditional photo paper.
Each painting is one of a kind and the means to the end can never be duplicated. The series of steps taken to create the finished piece flow from the mind of the artist at that single moment in time. I call my finished pieces "Faux Aquarelle" (false watercolor) and they may be viewed here in my Faux Aquarelle gallery.
I hope you enjoy this new form of artwork.
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