Morna Rhys specialises in coloured copper plate etchings based on drawings, paintings and photographs made on site. She sometimes returns to the site to work directly on the plate. Sunlight and moonshine are important elements in her work, adding mystery and a sense of wonder.
The Oxfordshire landscape, Cornish Coast and Welsh Mountains are amongst her themes. She works mostly from drawings and paintings to help her capture the structure and perspective of the landscapes better than any photograph she might make.
Her etchings require the application of many different colours all added to the same plate, which is then carefully wiped with scrim, and polished with acid free tissue. When required she will also use 2 or 3 plates printed sequentially to give strong colour contrasts.
2016 Occasional Print Show