Illustrated catalogue raisonne of Holly Downing's mezzotints from 1975-2000. Includes an introduction by Robert Flynn Johnson, an artist's statement, a bibliography, and a catalogue of mezzotints.
"The Mezzotint is similar to a copper engraving, except that the subtle qualities of the Mezzotint are achieved with tone rather than line. the artist spends many hours 'rocking' a copper plate with a mezzotint rocker until the plate has thousands of tiny holes, each with a bit of raised copper burr that holds a tremendous amount of ink. A fully rocked plate prints a rich velvety black unparalleled in any other print medium. To obtain an image, the artist scrapes the surface of the plate, variously lowering the levels of the burrs so they will hold less ink and thereby yield gradations of dark and light." - artist's statement