Portfolio - Landscapes

Narrative close upFrom Rising Tide

Werger has always supplemented his studio work with drawing directly from the natural landscape. His preferred method is to work with colored media on black paper. Many of these subjects eventually find their way back into his Intaglio work, most often the subject of ocean side cliffs.For him there is a parallel between the drama of this natural erosion and the process of acid eating away metal.

To make Tidal Shift, Werger takes and revises panoramic photographs in Photoshop and draws directly on copper etching plates. He works the plate to get the landscape, figures and details, creating tonal areas that look like watercolor. He applies rosin to the plate and heats it to form a bond. He alternately draws on the plate and submerges it in acid, creating a range of tones from light to dark. Once the coating is removed, the plate is inked and printed. After revisions, Werger produces a limited-edition of hand-pulled prints.

 

 

Ebb and Flow: North, East, South and West
This four panel aquatint etching totals 2 ft x 12 ft; each panel is 24" X 36". The works captures beach erosion at Montauk, NY.
2018
Ebb and Flow

 

Tidal Shift
This piece is a six-panel panoramic intaglio image consisting of hand drawn aquatint and white ground imagery.
Each panel is 36" x 24"
2016
Memory

 

Memory

 

Memory

 

Memory

 

Memory

 

Memory

 

Memory and Presence
Three-panel color etching and aquatint with whiteground and sugarlift
Each panel is 36" x 24"
2001
Memory

 

Memory

 

Memory

 

Rising Tide
Mezzotint
24" X 24"
2013
Rising Tide