This aquatint is inspired by a trip on a mountain railway in East Germany. Seen through the window, the train's steam simplifies the forest view into a misty passing scene.
Like etching, aquatint is an intaglio printmaking technique. The image is incised into a surface and the incised lines and sunken areas hold the ink onto which the paper is then pressed. But unlike etching, aquatint is used to create tonal effects and shades rather than lines.
To give a sense of movement and spontaneity in her work, Nicola does not plan her aquatints, rather she works directly on to the plate.
Nicola Troll works in her studio in South London. Her printmaking is inspired by her travels and everyday scenes. Nicola has two works in The Summer Auction, the other can be seen here.