This etching is called Stone Steps and was inspired by the Kenroku-en Garden of Japan. Often these stone steps a foundational stone for ancient temples in Japan, and to walk across them is to step outside of the modern world and into a world of contemplation. The irregular movement of the stone is intended to slow the person down and mysteriously draw you into the garden. This etching was intended to give you a feeling of discovery and thought.
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 series of prints of the Japan Garden aesthetics with the hope of inspiring those that have seen it as well and encourage other to see in in person.