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. However one employer funded evening classes for all employees for one year and I opted for a drawing & painting class with my husband Colin & I haven't looked back. We are now working from a shared studio space & in 2019 took part in our first open studios event.
Printmaking has always fascinated me but it wasn't until I tried it for myself that I could really understand how it works. In 2008 I explored etching and collagraph printmaking techniques on
courses run by Peter Wray & Judy Collins and was totally hooked.
For my 50th birthday my husband 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 had 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! They also provided the encouragement to start exhibiting my work.
After injuring my right arm through over-enthusiastic gardening one summer I 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 print making 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.
I have had a sewing machine for many years & no longer restrict myself to stitching fabrics..... I incorporate stitching into a number of my prints & am enjoying using an old Singer sewing machine generously lent to me by Paula who lives in the village.
Through my art I hope to celebrate the beauty of this world but also to acknowledge the challenges we all face living on a planet of finite resources.