Media: Copper plate etching & aquatint
Edition size: 20
“Cache la Poudre” River begins high in the north central Rocky Mountains of Colorado within the Roosevelt Nat’l Forest between Ft. Collins and Walden. This river is the life source of northern Colorado front range farming communities. RNF is a large and wild recreational area that draws fishermen, hikers and tourists. This section of the river cuts through family property above a little town called Rustic.
I wanted to convey the tactile beauty of the fir & pine covered canyon walls and the rugged movement of falling water over rocks toward a vanishing point in the distance. In order to achieve this, my gestured and defining marks were chosen from a wide palette of possibilities- contour, cross-contour, cross-hatch, stipple, etc. The aquatint rosin & acid did the rest!