Bill Ritchie's art in Seattle
in the

Kimberly and Paul Mayer Collection

The press used in printing the image, center, which is an alternate but similar image.

"Dale at Caffe Vita - 2003"

Provenance: Print. Etching and drypoint. Black on Arches cover white paper, A/P of first state. Signed lower right.

Artist's comment: When I taught drawing at Shoreline Community College, I made sketchbook assignements, and I did the same as my students. I chose to draw people in the coffee shop across the street from the Mini Art Gallery called Caffe Vita. One of the regulars was a biker named Dale. Dale died young, so from the 2003 sketchbook drawing I made the etching from a scanned image of it, following the lightly-bitten lines with drypoint. Then I used it as the test plate for Mini Halfwood Press #42, shown in the YouTube video is below. The original plate and a print of it is in the Collection of Masami Teraoka (owner of the press shown) who lives in Hawaii, 2009; later, Kimberly and Paul Mayer, added it to their collection in 2013.

Click to see the printing drypoint on copper demonstration

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