Giclées, Etchings & Angel Art

This page is for those who want more technical information,

definitions, things like that.  So if you are interested.....

GLICLEESGiclée  (pronounced “zheeclay”) means “a spraying of pigments”, and only giclée art prints can produce the richness of tone that captures the original work as no other process can achieve.  This medium of fine art printmaking is enjoying international acceptance from artists, galleries, contemporary art museums and collectors.

Throughout time, magnificent art has been accessible only to the wealthy for their private collections and personal enjoyment, or for average people via museums and other public venues.  Now, affordable art is available for the discerning collector with an eye for acquiring pieces of appreciable value.  No one need be deprived of investing in art that truly moves and speaks to them.  Instead of a single painting, giclées make images available through Limited Editions that continue to be rare and exclusive.  Collectors of modest means can now hang the art of their choice in their home or business for their pleasure and sharing, knowing that their piece will only be produced in a limited number, and once that Limited Edition is complete, there will never be another print of that image.

Giclées are produced from an original work of art, such as an oil painting or pastel.  The original work is scanned, then the image printed on paper or canvas in Limited Editions that enable fine artists to offer their work at greatly reduced prices than a single original piece can possibly sell for and still support an artist.  Printing inks are usually fade resistant and archival, meaning they are museum quality.  Of course, you still ought not hang a giclée or any piece of art where it will sit in sunlight, but giclées have greater endurance than previously available by virtue of modern technology.

The giclées offered here are produced as Limited Editions which are numbered and signed by the artist, including a Certificate of Authenticity, also sealed and signed by the artist.   Each piece is produced only when it has been ordered, ensuring that it is created to the personal specifications of the collector.  Museum wraps are available for collectors who either do not wish to frame their piece for aesthetic reasons, or do not have the budget, yet want a finished image to hang for their enjoyment.  For collectors who wish to frame the work, prints can be ordered sans museum wrap. 

This versatility of choice means that these pieces will work in a spectrum of environments by the way they are framed or wrapped, from modern to exotic to traditional.  Even classical representative images will work well in modern settings if they are presented wrapped, rather than framed.  This variety of choice offers designers and decorators special custom options uniquely suited to their clients and personal taste.  They can also be specially customized to size.


Etching as a printmaking technique is a much older process invented around the 15th century.  It was popular with many artists during the Renaissance.  Rembrandt created memorable images utilizing etching.  Etchings are produced by covering a zinc or copper plate with a ground which is then cut into with a variety of tools to expose the plate.  Or various techniques are used to leave an unprotected surface which then allows the plate to be submerged in a bath of acid, etching the surface of the plate where the ground does not cover.  There are many ways to expose the plate to the acid in order to get multiple textures, levels and surfaces in developing the image.  It can take anywhere from hours to weeks to get a finished plate, depending on how complex an image is.  Once the image is what the artist desires as the final product, the ground is removed and the plate is inked and printed.

Inking a plate can be as simple as a single color applied and the plate printed, or as complex as a variety of colors applied, and either rolled through a press once to transfer the image to paper, or multiple times with applications of different colors and inks.  There can also be roll-ups done with gelatin and other rollers inked in single or multiple colors.

To transfer the ink to the paper, the paper is soaked in vats, the plate laid on the bed of a press, the dampened paper set on top of the plate, then felt blankets put over that and the plate rolled through heavy rollers transferring the image and ink from the plate onto the paper.  Then, voila!  You have an etching.  The print is then laid out to dry between blotters.

This process leaves indentations in the paper where the plate registered.  You can recognize these marks, telling you that what you are viewing is an etching.  Because the plate has to be re-inked for each print pulled, each piece will be a little different from every other.  It will have the unique qualities of a hand made work of art that may be part of a Limited Edition, but because it was hand done every step of the way, there is no other exactly like it.  Etching it an intensive, time consuming process.  

My etchings are done on archival paper in Limited Editions that are numbered and signed.  Each piece has a Certificate of Authenticity, sealed and signed by myself as the artist.  At this point, most of the editions are nearly sold out, with a very limited supply remaining.

Etching inks are particularly vulnerable to light, thus etchings are best framed under ultraviolet filtering protective plexi or glass, and hung where they will receive the least possible light.  Pigments are susceptible to fading by both fluorescent and sun light, incandescent the least damaging.  Just keep in mind, that any light can fade inks.


My Angel Art series of paintings is what led me to do giclées.  The pieces seemed meant to be shared and enjoyed by a wider audience, rather than held by a single patron.  Offering Limited Editions of giclées allows prices to drop to a level that makes an image more readily available, yet still limited in number.  Original paintings cost more because they take more time and pricing cannot be averaged out.  So the angel paintings opened the door of opportunity for more pieces to be cherished and passed along through generations. 

There will be more angel art to come, but as with every painting I have done, I have many more images in my mind than I can ever paint.  So I cannot say how many more paintings of angel art I will do.  It is only when I actually start laying it in that I know which angel has shown up.  I welcome you to review my work and to find your own favorite angel, the angel that speaks to you and resonates with something within.  Or maybe you will be drawn to a piece from a series of work that led to the angel art.  Whichever painting you love is your connection to the divine community that suits you.

So check it out and see for yourself.  When it comes to art, it matters not what anyone else thinks.  This is your moment to choose solely (or shall we say, soul-ly) for what fulfills something in you.

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