About the artworkMy landscape etchings are the result of repeated observation of places that I know well – usually on the South Downs or the Sussex coast.Solar plate etching is an eco-friendly, modern way of working which uses sunlight (or UV lamp) and tap water to process steel light-sensitive plates without harmful chemicals. After processing, the plates are inked and wiped by hand and the image is printed on to dampened etching paper ‘intaglio’ using a traditional etching press. I also often combine my printed images with loose gestural painting on the paper, blurring the boundaries between the two mediums.Each of my limited edition solar etchings can go through up to 14 different steps between the original idea and the finished framed piece and is individually hand-made.
Luella Martin's etchings are the result of repeated observation of places that she knows well - usually on the South Downs or the Sussex Coast.
Her recent works use the solar etching process. The plate is exposed in sunlight (or U.V. lamp) and washed out in water before being inked up and printed intaglio like a traditional etching onto dampened paper. Due to the nature of the process there are some variations between the prints making each one unique.
Educated in London, Luella Martin studied at Hornsey and Byam Shaw Colleges Of Art and then at Goldsmiths College, London for her post-graduate Studies. She has lectured part-time in London and Sussex before traveling extensively in Europe and living in Australia for 12 years.
Luella returned to England in 1997 and now works full-time in her studio at Phoenix Brighton on the south coast.