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"I feel most strongly that we constantly take and profit from the sea and put very little of any good back in to it"

The sale of my work helps support the following projects & organisations:

1

Project Seahorse

An interdisciplinary and international organization committed to conservation and sustainable use of the world's coastal marine ecosystems.

2

Shellshock

Aiming to raise awareness of the plight of turtles and tortoises, EAZA brought its fourth annual conservation campaign to life in 2004: 'Shellshock'.

3

The Zoological Society of London

A charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. They aim to undertake and promote relevant high quality zoological and conservation.

4

Natural History Museum

Their vision is to advance our knowledge of the natural world, inspiring better care of our planet.

5

National Lobster Hatchery

Their conservation aim is to promote the sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture.

Plate Making & Printing

All my prints are 'Limited Editions' - A limited set of identical prints taken from a finished copper plate that has been pre-prepared using either the Mezzotint, Aquatint, Drypoint or the Etching process.

Each prepared and inked plate is rolled through an etching press (or in my case a converted Victorian mangle) on to Somerset paper. The dried prints are individually signed and consecutively numbered. In most cases the prints from etched plates are hand coloured.

The total edition number is very much dependent on the process used, Etchings tend to have a higher print run of around 200 as they are harder wearing, whereas Mezzotints wear out more quickly and due to their softer nature have a much smaller print run of around 50.

Once an edition is completed the copper plate is then cancelled by drilling a hole through it, or engraving a line across it to prevent further printing.

See the full method and the descriptions of the processes here:-

The Etching Process

The Mezzotint Process

The Printing Process