Preserving the Art of Copperplate Engraving

Categories: 2023 March-April Issue, Carving, Copperplate engraving, Whittecar, Don, and Wildlife.

“My passion lies in documenting the beauty of my subject matter, which is primarily threatened and endangered species of wildlife and the culture of the American West,” says Don Whittecar. “My medium, copperplate engraving, is also disappearing. While most people are aware of conservation efforts for wildlife and their habitats, few are aware of the need to preserve vanishing art forms.”

Engraved copperplate image printing is almost an extinct art form, and Whittecar is one of few artists in the world who practice it. Printmaking is a broad term referring to many different processes that include lithography and monotype. A fine art print is originally created, not copied from work in another medium. The prints are in limited editions, each made from a single master.

Read the full article in the March/April 2023 issue.


Copperplate engraving
8″ by 12″