June 23 - 25, 2017 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
Celebrating
20 Years!

John Costin

Tampa, FL Medium:Graphics/Printmaking Website:http://www.costingraphics.com Email:caracara@tampabay.rr.com

"My process involves creating a hand-crafted image on paper by using an old world etching technique. Specifically, the image is painstakingly hand drawn and etched on the surface of several copper plates. Inks are then hand applied to each plate surface. This process is very complex, for the different plates need to align accurately to print a high quality image on paper. The piece is meticulously finished by hand applying oil or watercolors paints with a brush. The result is an etching with intricate detail and vibrant coloration. The bird subjects in the larger pieces (34” X 24”) are depicted life size.
Through my art I strive to capture and personify birds, enriching the viewer’s perception of this particular form of wildlife. The birds are presented in such a way that they are aware of the viewer’s presence and react to that confrontation. Ultimately one’s awareness of these natural wonders could lead to a more profound perception of the world we share.”