Yorkshire has always been my home apart from three years studying science at Cambridge University. Family life & the challenges of working in the voluntary sector meant little time for artistic creativity for many years. But one employer funded evening classes for all employees for a year and I opted for a drawing & painting class, persuading my husband Colin to come along too. It was the start of an artistic adventure for both of us............... We now share studio space & take part in local open studios events.
Printmaking has always fascinated me but it wasn't until I tried it for myself that I could really understand how it works. Peter Wray & Judy Collins introduced me to the basics of etching and collagraph printmaking techniques at their HandPrint Studio & I was totally hooked. As well as giving me a brilliant start in my printmaking career they also provided the encouragement I needed to start exhibiting my work.
For my 50th birthday Colin bought me an etching press made locally by Hawthorn Printmaking Supplies.
This allowed me to set up my own studio space giving me freedom to have fun, make mistakes and develop my own printmaking techniques. Peter & Judy told me never to bin anything I wasn't happy with but to put it on one side for at least six months & reassess and I've found they were very wise!
One summer I injured my right arm through over-enthusiastic gardening and was unable to use my press for several months. Determined not to totally give in on the art front I explored what I could do with my left hand with surprising results & this experience totally changed my approach to art and opened me up to exploring new ways of working......
I enjoy different printmaking techniques and mixed media and find lots of inspiration & encouragement through membership of York Printmakers & East Riding Artists. I am fascinated by the patterns, textures, shapes and colours observed in daily life and find a lot of my work is also an expression of my spirituality.
Through my art I hope not only to celebrate the beauty of this world but also to explore the challenges facing humanity as we learn a new respect for all of creation and find sustainable & regenerative ways of living.
I currently support two charities through sales of my artwork - TreeSisters
and Bundles of Joy
. 20% of my art sales income is divided equally between the two charities unless otherwise stated. For example I am donating 100% of my sales income of my linocut 'Sow Earth Grow'