C.C. Barton is an award-winning artist who works in printmaking and painting. Her interest main interest is in expressing the essence of a particular form. Whether the subject is botanical, animal or architectural, she strives for balance, grace and simplicity in the finished piece. C.C. States, “My great interest and joy is to explore the impact and the mystery of line, color, light, negative space and shadow in order to coax a sense of spirit onto the paper. It is not my intent to depict total realism in my images, but rather to find a way to portray the singular essence and attitude of each thing I draw or paint.”
C.C. uses a modern etching process to create her beautiful works of art. The process of solar etching has evolved but remains close to the traditional etching method that uses a copper or zinc plate, coated with an acid resistant wax. The newer technique uses a steel plate covered with a layer of photo emulsion. The intaglio is created by layering a transparency made from an original drawing over the UV sensitive plate, placing it in the sun or under special UV lights and subsequently developing it in water. The process of inking and wiping the plate must be repeated for each etching, the same as with the traditional copper plate etchings. Each etching is then hand embellished with watercolor, signed and numbered with the impression number over the total number of prints in the edition.