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  THE ETCHING PROCESS

   I have been painting for over 50 years and in earlier times I had an interest in etchings. During the 1970's I created quite a few. The making of an etching is a long and tedious process which simply put includes coating a zinc or copper plate with a wax and then drawing into the wax with a sharp object. The plate is then placed in a solution of Nitric acid  and the acid will etch a groove in the plate wherever the wax was removed. Leaving it in the acid for a few seconds produces a fine line. Leave it longer and the line gets larger. Creating the tones is done by sprinkling a fine wax over the plate, heating it so the wax melts a bit and the acid will etch around the areas where there was no wax leaving a very fine pebble texture which will then hold ink.

  After that process is complete, each plate then has to be carefully heated a bit and ink applied and wiped clean with the use of a cloth and the back of the hand. The paper is soaked in water and then dried somewhat. When it has dried and is just damp, the paper is placed on top of the inked etching and rolled through a heavy press by hand.

 The result, if all goes well, is an etching...each numbered and each slightly different.

WHY THEY ARE HERE

   These etchings were all done in the 1970's and very few are left. They represent early Bansemer works and are quite scarce. As I get older, I'm putting some of my early works on the market. The numbers of the prints are very limited, some editions were as small as 20 while other editions were numbered to 125 although that many prints were never pulled.

   I hope you enjoy looking at these rare works of art.
                                Roger Bansemer

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Etching of Cosby  

 

This etching was done after visiting Cosby, Tennessee. Back then it was known around the mountains as the place to go to get moonshine. It had many old homesteads such as this one.

Title: Cosby
Edition of 20
Size: 3.5 x 5 inches
Date: 1977
Price $125

etching of Cypress  

 

Living in Florida since a boy, cypress trees were common. More common then than now but I was always fascinated by their root system and beauty.

Untitled
Edition of 25
Size: 5.75 x 6 inches
Date: 1976
Price $125

etching of sea oats  

A small etching of a Florida beach with some sea oats. This one is an artist proof.

Untitled
Date: 1978
Edition of 20
Size: 2.5 x 2 inches
Price $65

etching of Garfield  

 

Every town has a memorable character and this was the town character for Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I worked there for several summers back in the early 70's and got to know this man. His name was Garfield and he always carried around a stick with all kinds of ribbons, buttons, and tiny objects attached to it. He was truly a one of a kind.

Title" Garfield
Edition of 20
Size: 2.75 x 3.5 inches
Date: 1977
Price $100

etching of Hills  

 

Another mountain etching with a homestead tucked away in the hills.

Title: Hills
Edition of 20
Size: 3.5 x 3.25 inches
Date: 1978
Price $85

etching of Ware Valley  

 

This etching is titled "Wares Valley" and is near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I liked the way the crooked angles complimented the hills.

Title: Ware Valley
Date: 1977
Size: 4 x 5.5 inches
Price $125

etching of Sea Oats  

 

Sea oats with an Australian pine tree in the background. This was always one of my favorite etchings.

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etching of Mangrove and Beach  

 

A lone mangrove on the beach with some grasses and a few gentle waves on the right.

Price $75

etching of New Orleans  

 

I worked in New Orleans for a few weeks during the 70's and did this etching of one of the buildings.

Untitled
Date: 1976
Edition of 30
Size 2.5 x 3 inches
Price $50

etching of shed in Tarpon Springs  

 

There are only a few of these etchings. It was done from Tarpon Springs, Florida and has one of my favorite trees in the background, the Australian pine. It is a lovely little composition.

Untitled
Date: 1976
4.5 x 6 inches
Price $125

Etching of sailboat  

 

This is a sailboat I observed in Tampa Bay. I've also done several paintings of this same boat. The etching has large billowing cumulous clouds in the background.

Price $85

Etching titled No Wake  

 

A favorite etching of mine, this sailboat sits moored in calm water and focuses on the reflections.

Title: No Wake
Edition of 25
Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches
Price $100

   

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