About Coker Railroad Art
As many of my customers know, I do not paint in the true watercolor tradition, which is mainly big washes and sometimes generalized detail. I paint watercolor the same way other artists paint in oil, layering color, and lavishing detail on the subject. This is done with Winsor and Newton tube watercolor, which is has the most finely ground pigment available and is the most fade-resistant of commercial tube watercolor. Very small sable brushes are used to attain the level of detail that is the hallmark of my work. Watercolor paper is as important as the paint quality. Cheap papers turn brown in time and like other pulp products will eventually fall apart. So I employ only acid-free 100% cotton rag sheet paper, mostly from Arches in France.
The process used in making these prints is offset reproduction. I look for printers that have Heidelburg Presses, considered the industry standard for fine art reproduction. Top grade acid-free non-yellowing papers employed. All prints are limited editions and are signed, numbered and registered. Certificates of Authenticity are available with some prints. Some good news - all Coker prints will go into standard sized frames available at a number of "art mart" style stores in your city or town.
Canvas Transfers are a very popular new product, where print images are transfered to canvas. They look like oil paintings! Prices range from $55 - $150 depending on size.
What is a "giclee" print? (pronounced “gee-clay”)
"Gicleè" (French word for "spray") printing originated in Europe in the early 1990's. It is a refinement of inkjet printing. This new reproduction technique made some quantum leaps in 2000 with better printers and when pigmented inks were introduced. Unlike offset lithograpy, each print is individually produced, eliminating inventory problems for artists and galleries. The cost per print is much higher, but is more than compensated by many positives.
As I mentioned above, the intoduction of pigmented inks was a true breakthrough. These archival inks used in a "gicleè" can last a 150 years before fading, three times as long as an offset litho print. Each print is custom printed, carefully matched to the original. With the artist free to do any number of prints he or she wishes, very small editions can be released, ensuring a great investment for collectors.
Like any visual art, "gicleè" prints
should not be hung where direcrt sunlight can strike it.
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4864 Chapelle Ct., Marietta, GA 30066