The Canvas Process

The question often arises as to how I create my images on canvas so I thought I would briefly explain the process. It is a five step procedure; optimize, proof, print, coat, and stretch.


The tonal range and sharpness characteristics of the image must first be optimized to match the unique properties of the canvas. This is a learned process that requires some experience and a working knowledge of the particular canvas, coating and printer being used. Careful forethought is required to adjust properly for the additional density and vibrance that the lacquer will provide when applied after printing.


A small canvas test print is output on a printer at approximately 11 x 17. After allowing a day for the inks to dry, two coats of lacquer are applied to the canvas. This is the point when the image first comes to life and every aspect of the piece is painstakingly reviewed and adjusted as needed. The proofing process (printing and coating) is repeated until I am completely satisfied with the final print. It normally takes 1-10 rounds of proofing to get everything just right. This process can be very time consuming but is a critical step if you want your images to look their absolute best. That’s why we do this right?


Once the proofing process is complete the image is output on a large format 44” wide professional printer. The printing device is specifically designed to produce fine art quality photography at the highest level of detail and accuracy available. I utilize a museum grade canvas with a tight 2:1 weave, 100% OBA free (canvas will not yellow) poly-cotton material that produces one of the highest Dmax and widest color gamut currently available. Countless hours of testing and adjusting have gone into the color management of the printer to give the best possible print production on this specific canvas.


Once printed, the canvas is lacquer coated for protection and to allow the full density.