Electrochemical Etching


Since 2008, I’ve been researching, developing, and refining electrochemical etching technology and bio-diesel based solvents that utilize less harmful and sustainable printmaking materials without compromising the quality needed for continued use in the printmaking studio.

Electrolytic etching is a process that relies on technology from the commercial electro-plating industry. Fine art printmakers like myself have been experimenting with the adaptation of this technology as a substitute for traditional acids*. My developments, refinements, and mastery of this process have been recognized by the greater scientific and print communities. Prints I’ve created utilizing this process have been included in Solo and Group Exhibitions throughout the world. I have demonstrated my research and lectured on the process at Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conferences, Museums, Universities, and Art Centers throughout the United States and Italy.

*Other printmakers who have made notable contributions to the medium of electrolytic etching over the past 30 years include Nik Semenoff (Canada), Cedric Green (UK), Alfonso Crujera (Spain), and Merion Behr (USA).

Hand drawn copper plate electrochemically etched using my 2 part ground and a custom designed power supply.

Bio-Deisel based solvent development collaboration between K-State Department of Art and Department of Chemistry.

Veduta (detail) electrolytic etching, 12x9", Jason Scuilla.

Example of the detail captured using a two part ground I developed specifically for electrolytic etching. Entire plate is hand drawn line. 

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