My friend Cheryl is a caretaker of many important Bonsai. This bonsai has a long history that goes all the way to John Naka (the father of American Bonsai). The center had rotted out of the tree which gave it this beautiful character. It’s historical trial of the the will to live is revealed beautifully and the due to the care that Cheryl has given to it.
To make an etching print you cover the plate with ink then remove the surface ink leaving the ink in the etched area; i.e. intaglio process. This allows the artist to create detail lines, various textures and a look of age to the resulting print. This print is one of currently ten different trees each with it’s own story to tell. The hope is that the viewer of these prints get the feeling of tree and/or the excitement of Bonsai; a living art.