I have also completed a full set of etchings on San Juan Bautista, thanks to the support of the Mission Gallery, who have specialized in representing fine art printmakers from all over the world, including myself.
In fact they were the first gallery that I approached with my etchings and they immediately bought a number of them and have continued to support my career ever since.
If any of you are really interested in seeing some of the world’s top printmakers, I certainly recommend a trip to San Juan Bautista. The Mission Gallery has a selection of artists that simply cannot be beat and is a hidden jewel of an art gallery in a very scenic and beautiful little town. It’s a fantastic gallery and well worth a visit.
Not only is San Juan Bautista a wonderful California mission town, but the main street hasn’t changed much in over 150 years and I love the sights and sounds and have spent days wandering up and down all of the streets, admiring the local architecture.
I usually draw and etch all of my plates at home surrounded by my wife and children with their homework in progress and the television on for background noise. Most artists could never work this way but I really don’t know any other method.
I keep several prepped etching plates close at hand all the time, ready whenever the impulse to draw strikes me. I also will take my camera with me every where I go, just in case something comes into view.
But I must remain uninterrupted and alone when I am printing in my studio garage.
It takes about eight to ten full hours of very intense hard work to produce about 15 to 20 proofs and at the end of the day I am pretty exhausted and physically drained.
Out of the 20 or so proofs that I am able to print, sometimes only 10 or 15 are good enough, in my opinion, to be part of the final edition.
MANY other etchings available of San Juan Bautista and the mission. Please contact the artist directly for a complete, updated list of available etchings.