When Rolf Parker moved to the West Cumbrian town of Cockermouth in 1994 to establish his own gallery, it was with ten years'' previous experience as a professional artist ,working to commission and supplying galleries in northern England. Born 1960 in Stockton-on-Tees to parents keen on Lake District fellwalking, his work reflects a love of the landscape, the effects of weather ,light and shade. His catalogue of aquatint etchings includes subjects from Northumberland but focusses mainly upon the landscapes of Western Cumbria, plus a selection of Cockermouth street scenes. The etchings are produced in strictly limited editions, each copy being hand printed, numbered and signed by the artist. The restrained use of subtle colour in the inking-up of the plates emphasises the effect of light and shade in these highly collectable images. Because the plates are inked - up freshly for every print, and due to the creative variations possible in the ''wiping out'' process prior to printing ,no two copies are ever identical.
Rolf Parker studied at Teesside College of Art (1978 -''79) and Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry (1979 - ''82) (B.A.hons.degree in fine art). He is a frequent guest exhibitor at the Lake Artists Society summer exhibition. Apart from etching his medium of choice is pastel ,(preferring to use those made by Unison Colour) - see the ''Pastel Gallery'' page for examples of these paintings. He frequently works to commission in this medium ( see ''Commissions'' page).