PRINT NUMBER TWO OF FIVE, EDITION FOUR OF FOUR. Intaglio and Chine collé. This work was inspired by an 1853 etching by French artist Charles Meryon, born 1821 and passed in 1868, from a portfolio entitled, “Etchings of Paris Eaux-Fortes sur Paris”. His work, entitled THE VAMPIRE or Le Stryge, is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929. As I studied and adapted each line of Meryon’s drypoint etching, I felt as if I was being pulled into another time, realm, and mindset. I made hundreds of changes in my lines yet tried to follow the artist’s basic drawing technique. To Meryon, Le Stryge was a real being. I have always believed that vampires exist in the shadows of our blindness, as well as in the lines that cross our path. One of my favorite People of the Page is Anne Rice. This original etching was published and hand printed by Di Falco at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I used a zinc plate, 9 inches high by 6 inches wide or 22.860 cm by 15.240 cm, and several Nitric acid baths for this work. The RivesBFK white paper measures about 11 inches wide by 15 inches high 27.940cm x 38.100cm. Black and other colors of oil-based etching inks from France were carefully blended to craft my unusual hue. Please note that this etching is shipped to the buyer without a frame or mat. This keeps the price reasonable and also allows the collector a wide range of choice in framing selection. For shipment, a sturdy cardboard box is employed. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping box and securely packed with bubble wrap. The price does not include any shipment costs. In my Chine Collé Process, methyl cellulose powder is mixed with spring water and then painted onto Thai mulberry-bark paper, Brand is Unryu. In Japan, Unryu translates as CLOUD DRAGON paper because it has long swirling threads of kozo fibers integrated in it, thereby giving the texture and visual effect of clouds. Kozo fibers come the branches of the kozo paper mulberry bush, specifically the innermost of three layers of bark, which must be removed, cooked, and beaten before the sheets are formed. Kozo is harvested annually. The treated Thai paper is then allowed to dry overnight and I cut it to fit the plate areas where I want color to exist in the print. These stenciled mulberry-bark papers are first dampened with water and placed upon the already inked and wiped etching plate. The printing process continues, and a multi-colored image on paper resulting. This hand-done process is a difficult and laborious one, which I do myself every step of the way. With regard to the RivesBFK Paper, BFK is an acronym for Blanchet, Freres, Kleber, a paper mill of the Blanchet, Frères, et Kléber Company located in Rives, France. These random letters integrated with the watermark is a confidential security system for the mill to identify in what time period a specific batch of BFK paper was manufactured. Keywords include Bell tower, ariel, gothic, cathedral, Charles Meryon, Eaux-fortes sur Paris, Viollet-le-Duc, Vampire, birds, gargoyle, dark, despair, and goth.