What is a Giclee?

For years, admirers of our paintings have asked us if prints are available, and, with a few exceptions, we have had to say no. Our hand printed serigraphs have a look all their own, and they are not reproductions of our paintings. We have been searching for a way to make high quality, long lasting reproductions of our watercolor, oil, and pastel paintings, and now we have found the method. Viola! Le Giclée.

The marriage of high tech and fine art has produced the giclée print, a high quality ink jet reproduction. Our French dictionary defines the verb gicler as meaning "to squirt", and the noun gicleur as "a jet or nozzle", which is a pretty good description of the ink jet process.

We have acquired professional quality scanning, computing, and printing equipment. We use archival, pigmented inks, and we are printing on watercolor paper in an effort to make the highest quality reproduction available. The Epson Ultrachrome ink we have chosen is made of the same pigments that are found in our watercolor and oil paints, and has been tested by Wilhelm Imaging Research to be colorfast for an excess of eighty years under normal interior lighting conditions. The paper is a 100% cotton rag watercolor paper, coated for ink jet printing, in smooth or rough texture made by Hawk Mountain Art Paper.