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nancy vilhauer original etchings

Nancy Vilhauer is an award winning artist who has been in exhibits at the Honolulu Academy, the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Linekona Main Gallery and several other venues. Nancy studied art at the University of Puget Sound where she got her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She also studied painting at Otis College of Art and Design and continues to study printmaking at the Art Academy classes at Linekona. Nancy is particularly drawn to the people of Hawaii and their traditions. This is reflected in her images of hula, Keiki and images that reflect life in the islands in an earlier time, she finds the local culture to be an endless source of inspiration. Her limited edition prints employ the intaglio methods of drypoint, etching and aquatint. This involves inscribing an image on a metal or plexiglass plate using sharp tools , using chemicals to create lines in the plate, inking the plate by hand, and making the prints one at a time on an etching press. When the prints are dry, they are signed and numbered as limited edition prints. Although this is a labor intensive process, the work is like a satisfying meditation. It is a process that has not changed very much since the days when Rembrandt sent his copper plates through his 17th century etching press.
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